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21st Century Cures Act won’t get Senate treatment
Modern Healthcare

The leader of a key Senate committee said Tuesday that the panel won’t take up the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act, a far reaching bill intended to spur medical innovation, and would instead pursue many of its goals in smaller-bore legislation.

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will vote on at least seven bipartisan bills beginning Feb. 9 ranging from expediting therapies for rare diseases to improving electronic health records. The Senate committee will consider additional bills in March and April, according to a news release.