Early in the new Congress, the House of Representatives has approved, without objection, the following bipartisan public health bills:

  • H.R. 309, the National Clinical Care Commission Act, to establish a National Clinical Care Commission to improve coordination of federal programs that support care for people with metabolic syndromes and related autoimmune disorders.
  • H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, to direct HHS to collect data to identify maternity health care professional shortage areas.
  • H.R. 302, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2016, to clarify medical liability rules for sports medicine professionals.
  • H.R. 304, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016, which would clarify that emergency medical services professionals may administer controlled substances pursuant to standing or verbal orders in certain circumstances.

The legislation now awaits Senate action.