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House Tries Again to Push Senate to Pass PAHPAI

The U.S. House of Representatives January 8 passed H.R. 269, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (PAHPAI). Included in this package is the American College of Surgeons (ACS)-supported Mission Zero Act, which Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced last year. H.R. 269 is the same legislation as H.R. 7328, which the House passed December 20, 2018.

The Mission Zero Act would build upon the legislative framework passed in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and further incorporate military trauma care providers into the civilian setting. These military-civilian trauma care partnerships are intended to increase military health care readiness and ensure patient access to high-quality trauma care both domestically and abroad.

Senate action is needed to ensure the reauthorization of PAHPAI and final passage of Mission Zero. Contact your senator to express support for PAHPAI reauthorization by visiting SurgeonsVoice. For more information about ACS trauma policy, contact Hannah Chargin, Congressional Lobbyist, at hchargin@facs.org or 202-672-1528.

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