Stakeholder Letter to Senate Leadership In Support Of PAHPA Reauthorization – January 2019
January 11, 2019
|The Honorable Mitch McConnell
|The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:
On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing public health, healthcare providers, environmental health, biotechnology innovators, and researchers, we are writing to encourage you to quickly pass the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness & Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAI, H.R. 269), which overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives. The Health Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) and Energy & Commerce Committees have made tremendous, bipartisan progress on this important legislation, and it would be a setback for our national health security to further delay reauthorization.
The recent wildfires, hurricanes and multistate outbreaks have demonstrated that all sectors – public health, healthcare and private sector – play a critical role in saving lives during disasters and outbreaks. PAHPA is the backbone of our nation’s health security, providing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with authorities for preparing the healthcare and public health systems for disasters and strengthening the medical countermeasures enterprise. The legislation addresses some gaps we have seen in recent responses, such as the speed of funding for public health emergencies, development and deployment of medical countermeasures for significant threats and preparedness for children in disasters.