House reauthorizes bio-threat readiness program, other health laws

"The bill will reauthorize critically important bio-defense programs designed to promote the continued development of medical countermeasures… that would strengthen the nation's public health preparedness infrastructure," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said during debate.

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Members also passed H.R. 1845, the Medicare IVIG Access Act. This bill would require an assessment of the benefits of having Medicare pay for home intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatments.

The House easily passed that bill 401-3.

In a voice vote, the House passed S. 1440, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, which continues a program that sponsors research aimed at preventing pre-mature births. The same bill also reauthorizes the National Pediatric Research Network, and grants to children's hospitals under the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Act.

Finally, the House approved H.Res. 668, a resolution saying the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma can pursue trust-related claims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. This resolution passed 398-5.

Each of the bills voted on were brought up under suspension, and required a two-thirds vote for passage.