Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act – A Bipartisan Bill

On February 15, 2018, representatives Eric Swalwell (CA-15), John Shimkus (IL-15), Scott Peters (CA-52), Erik Paulson (MN-03), and Juan Vargas (CA-51), introduced the Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act (H.R. 5062)(“Bill”) to “provide a study by the National Academy of Medicine on the use of genetic and genomic testing to improve health care, and for other purposes.” (Bill, page 1).  The National Academy of Medicine’s report on its study is due within 3 years from the date of enactment. Improving Access to Precision Medicine The Bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Medicine to recommend how the federal government can support the use of genetic and genomic testing to allow for better delivery of precision medicine, including: “(A) encouraging the expansion of health insurance coverage of genetic and genomic testing, including diagnostic,…

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