WASHINGTON, March 15 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP), today along with Ranking Member Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) requested input from public health officials, health care providers, and other stakeholders on policies the Committee should consider during the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).
Specifically, the senators asked stakeholders to provide feedback on the effectiveness of existing programs, how to improve the ability of states and localities to respond to public health crises, any gaps in activities or authorities in the PAHPA framework, and ways to bolster partnerships between the federal government, states and localities, the private sector, and non-government stakeholders. The senators hope to use the input during the reauthorization process to enhance PAHPA and improve the nation’s preparedness for future health crises.
PAHPA expires on September 30, the end of fiscal year 2023.
Read the full request here or below.
As you likely know, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) is due to be reauthorized prior to the end of this fiscal year. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee seeks your input on policies that the Committee should consider during the reauthorization process.
To inform the Committee’s work, we invite your input on the topics below, or other topics that are relevant but not mentioned. If you would like to do so, you are welcome to include proposed line edits to current law or other legislative text as a supplement to your narrative response.
Please submit comments to the Committee by email at PAHPA2023Comments@help.senate.gov no later than close of business on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
What specific changes could Congress make to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of current HHS programs and activities? Specifically:
Public Health Emergency Coordination and Policy
Medical Countermeasures Development and Deployment
Support for Jurisdictional Preparedness and Response Capacity
Gaps in Current Activities & Capabilities
What specific steps could Congress take to improve partnerships with states and localities, community-based organizations, and private sector and non-government stakeholders, such as hospitals and health care providers, on preparedness and response activities? For example:
Thank you in advance for your feedback. We appreciate your input on this important matter and look forward to working with all of you throughout the PAHPA reauthorization process.