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Senate committee passes preparedness bill

February 14, 2013

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee yesterday approved the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (H.R. 307), which reconciles separate preparedness bills passed by the House and Senate. The legislation passed the full House last month and next moves to the Senate floor. AHA-supported provisions retained in the bill would reauthorize the Hospital Preparedness Program, Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals, Medical Reserve Corps and other critical preparedness activities through fiscal year 2017; clarify allowable activities for recipients of HPP funds; and permit national collaboration among HPP-funded entities.