Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovations Act

In 2006, the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) was created to improve the nation’s response to public health and medical emergencies. PAHPA also has a great level of oversight authority over implementation and recommendations within the June 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report on trauma care, A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury

Current status: The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 269, the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (PAHPAI) on January 8, 2019. Included in this package is the American College of Surgeons (ACS)-supported Mission Zero Act.  Senate action is needed to ensure the final passage of the PAHPAI, including the Mission Zero Act. Please contact your Senators in support of H.R. 269 today.

Issue

The ACS is actively supporting swift passage of PAHPAI in the Senate. This important legislation includes the ACS-supported Mission Zero Act which would build upon the legislative framework passed in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and further incorporate military trauma care providers into the civilian setting. These military-civilian trauma care partnerships will increase military health care readiness and provide high-quality trauma care both domestically and abroad.

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