Past Public Health Issues

Issue Summaries for the 112th Congress

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H.R. 2405/S. 1855, Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011
The legislation amends the Public Health Service Act to revise and reauthorize appropriations for public health preparedness activities, including activities related to (1) tracking the initial distribution of federally purchased influenza vaccine in an influenza pandemic, (2) state and local public health and medical preparedness and response, (3) improving hospital surge capacity, (4) expanding the capabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond effectively to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies, and (5) the operations of the National Disaster Medical System.

Status: H.R. 2405 was introduced on 6/28/11 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Homeland Security Committee.  S. 1855 was introduced on 11/10/11 and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.  H.R. 2405 passed 12/6/11 and was referred to the Senate.  S. 1855 passed 3/7/12 and was referred to the House.
AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact:
Dr. Ashley S. Morgan