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H.R. 6214 – The Prevention, Awareness, and Research of Autoimmune Disease Act of 2006: This bill has been cleared from the books. What will it take to get a similar bill introduced?

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By Editor • www.ProHealth.com • January 24, 2007


On September 27, 2006, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (Dem.-RI) submitted a bill to the U.S. House of Representatives calling for CDC appropriations in support of autoimmune disease research and public awareness - and explicitly naming Fibromyalgia as a funding target.

Rep. Kennedy’s proposed Prevention, Awareness, and Research of Autoimmune Disease Act of 2006 – H.R.6214 – was then put before the House Subcommittee on Health. However, This bill was not passed into law and is no longer before the House. The reason: Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven't passed are cleared from the books. Interested Fibromyalgia patients and advocates may wish to contact their members of Congress to ask what it might take to get a similar bill introduced. Following are:

n A summary of the bill now cleared from the books (full text is at http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc109/h6214_ih.xml )

n Listings of 32 Democratic and Republican members of Congress recently listed as members of the Subcommittee on Health, alphabetically by state.

To encourage introduction of a bill similar to H.R. 6214, Fibromyalgia advocates can contact these and other state representatives by going to the linked list of Representative Offices at http://www.house.gov/representatives

Summary of HR 6214 (Library of Congress)

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to award grants to eligible entities to conduct public and professional awareness activities regarding autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Fibromyalgia.

Defines an “eligible entity” as a nonprofit organization, a consumer group, an institution of higher education, a federal, state, or local government agency, or a media organization.

Allows such an entity to use grant funds to:
1. Promote increased awareness of early intervention and treatment to significantly improve the quality of life for people with autoimmune diseases;
2. Target minority communities that may be underserved or disproportionately affected by such diseases; and
3. Target women to help reduce the amount of time taken for correct diagnosis of such diseases.

Requires the Secretary [of HHS], acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to:
1. Award grants to eligible entities for the education of health care providers on potential links between autoimmune diseases and cognitive and mood disorders, such as depression; and
2. Establish an educational loan repayment program for physicians agreeing to conduct research on autoimmune diseases.

Whom To Contact
Following are members of the 110th Congress who are members of House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health. The list includes two parts – Democratic members, and Republican members. Both lists are in alphabetical order by state.

Democratic Members of the Subcommittee on Health

JOHN D. DINGELL (Michigan) Dem.
Chairman of the full Committee; ex officio member of each of the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s six standing subcommittees including the Subcommittee on Health

HENRY A. WAXMAN (California) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

EDOLPHUS TOWNS (New York) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection

FRANK PALLONE, JR. (New Jersey) Dem.
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health; Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

BART GORDON (Tennessee) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and the Subcommittee on Health

ANNA G. ESHOO (California) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and the Subcommittee on Health

ELIOT L. ENGEL (New York) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and the Subcommittee on Health

GENE GREEN (Texas) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, the Subcommittee on Health, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

DIANA DEGETTE (Colorado) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Health, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

LOIS CAPPS (California) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

TOM ALLEN (Maine) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

HILDA L. SOLIS (California) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

TAMMY BALDWIN (Wisconsin) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

MIKE ROSS (Arkansas) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection

DARLENE HOOLEY (Oregon) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

ANTHONY D. WEINER (New York) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

JIM MATHESON (Utah) Dem.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Republican Members of the Subcommittee on Health

JOE BARTON (Texas) Rep.
Ranking Member of the full Committee; ex officio member of each of the six standing subcommittees, including the Subcommittee on Health

RALPH M. HALL (Texas) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, and the Subcommittee on Health

NATHAN DEAL (Georgia) Rep.
Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health; Member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials and the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

CHARLIE NORWOOD (Georgia) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

BARBARA CUBIN (Wyoming) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

JOHN SHADEGG (Arizona) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, and the Subcommittee on Health

STEVE BUYER (Indiana) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality and the Subcommittee on Health

JOSEPH R. PITTS (Pennsylvania) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, and the Subcommittee on Health

MARY BONO (California) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

MIKE ROGERS (Michigan) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, and the Subcommittee on Health

SUE MYRICK (North Carolina) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, and the Subcommittee on Health

JOHN SULLIVAN (Oklahoma) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, and the Subcommittee on Health

TIM MURPHY (Pennsylvania) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

MICHAEL C. BURGESS (Texas) Rep.
Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations




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