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A few highlights of the Kennedy-Hatch legislative accomplishments include:

• Orphan Drug Act - provided tax credits for encouraging the development of medicines for rare diseases.

• Ryan White Aids Act - which established a federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on providing funding to improve availability of care for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured victims of AIDS and their families.

• State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) - provided health insurance to thousands of the working poor across our country.

• Mammography Standards in 1992

• Americans with Disabilities Act - provided individual protections from discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

• FDA Revitalization Act of 2007 - addressed many critical issues including the need to provide proper incentives and support for the development and review of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and the need for heightened efforts to assure the safety of medications.

• PDUFA - a program that created drug user fees to help expedite the approval of new drugs. This legislation continues to be reauthorized.

• Health Centers Renewal Act of 2007 - reauthorized the health center program for five more years and provided people with essential health care services.

• FDAMA - FDA Modernization Act of 1997 - regulated prescription drug advertising, food safety, and codified the requirements for access to life saving medicines.

• Bioshield Legislation - increased federal, state, and local infrastructure for bioterrorism preparedness.

• And the latest collaboration was the Serve America Act, which renewed America's call for volunteer service to meet some of our country's most challenging problems and needs.

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