Reed rallies support for health care bills to curb rising costs, spur innovation

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) threw his support behind two bills that would take aim at rising medical costs through health care innovation and new approaches to treat chronic illnesses.

The National Clinical Care Commission Act would establish a working group to explore options to streamline federal funding for programs that research metabolic and autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s disease and diabetes.

“We care about changing lives for the better through medical innovations because we understand the lifelong challenges of those with chronic diseases and conditions,” Reed said. “It’s only right that we encourage improvements in our medical research and help these people live healthier lives. These innovations also will help keep rising health care costs in check.”

Additionally, the House of Representatives will take up the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act later this month.

“America has led the way in medical innovation for decades, and it’s time to make sure that our medical researchers have access to resources to develop cures for illnesses which have plagued our loved ones,” Reed said.

Under the legislative package, health care oversight systems would be modernized and medical research would be streamlined to better develop cures for the 10,000 known diseases without standard treatments.

“We can come together and advance these types of medical improvements for families everywhere,” Reed said.