House Passes Childhood Cancer STAR Act
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) helped the House pass S. 292 – the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2018.
“I am pleased to support this commonsense, bipartisan bill to advance pediatric cancer research,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Each year, almost 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, and this legislation will help ensure more children can access potentially lifesaving treatment. I urge the President to quickly sign this into law, and I will continue working in Congress on solutions to address our nation’s healthcare challenges.”
S. 292 would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the collection of donated biospecimens from children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer. The bill would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish pilot programs that develop or evaluate systems for monitoring and caring for childhood cancer survivors. S. 292 also would direct the Secretary of HHS, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to award grants to states to update and improve childhood cancer registries.