Reps. Olson and Green Take the Cures Conversation to Texas THIS THURSDAY
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative has travelled across the country for the past several months as members seek more ideas from medical innovators, patients, families, and health leaders from their states and districts in the effort to accelerate the pace of cures and save more lives.
This Thursday, October 30, 2014, committee members Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), will host a roundtable at 2 p.m. CST in Houston, Texas. Olson and Green, along with Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), will discuss the cures initiative with top health professionals, innovators, and researchers at the Texas Medical Center.
“Health care innovation is growing at a breakneck speed and if our laws stand in the way of getting these innovations to the people who need them, everyone loses,” Olson said. “America has long been a leader in medical breakthroughs and we want to keep it that way. That’s why our committee leadership asked us to go directly to the experts, the people in the labs, on the hospital floor, in the patient room and figure out where the gaps are so that government and our laws can help speed up cures rather than hinder them. I look forward to hearing from the folks doing the great work at the Texas Medical Center and bringing your talent and expertise to Washington.”
“Houston is home to cutting-edge research, innovation, and models of care,” Green added. “As the bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative moves forward, it is critical that Houston’s health care leaders be part of the conversation. I am so pleased to have such experienced and dedicated scientists and health professionals participate in our roundtable, and I look forward to continuing this collaborative effort to bring our health care system in to the 21st century.”
Learn more about the Texas roundtable here.