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Pallone & Eshoo Praise House Passage of Two Bills that Expand Access to Critical Health Care Services

Sep 29, 2022
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) released the following joint statement today after the House of Representatives passed two bills that advance access to health care:

“After a year of historic Congressional success in health care, the House passed two more bills today that expand Americans’ access to critical health care services. Together, these two bills make important improvements to our nation’s health care delivery systems by funding the expansion of mobile health units and access to trauma care services in rural, hard-to-reach, and historically underserved areas. We’re grateful for the work that went into these bills to ensure all Americans, regardless of their zip code, can access the care they need, and we look forward to having these bills signed into law.”

The House of Representatives passed the following two bills:

S. 958, the “Maximizing Outcomes through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment for (MOBILE) Health Care Act,” is the companion bill to H.R. 5141. The House bill was introduced by Reps. Susie Lee (D-NV), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA). The bill expands the allowable uses of New Access Point grant funds, which help health centers establish new delivery sites to provide comprehensive primary care to medically underserved populations. The bill passed on the House Floor by a vote of 414-7.

H.R. 8163, the “Improving Trauma Systems and Emergency Care Act,” was introduced by Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ). The bill reauthorizes Department of Health and Human Services programs to improve coordination and access to trauma care and emergency services. The bill passed by an en bloc vote of 296-127.

H.R. 5141 and H.R. 8163 passed the Energy and Commerce Committee with bipartisan support earlier this month.