Research projects

Demings backs bipartisan legislation for Agency Health Act for Advanced Research Projects

According to staff reports and Representative Val Demings’ office

Today, Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) voted for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Health Act, which will energize medical R&D, broaden competition and lower health care costs. It passed the House with strong bipartisan support.

“This initiative will develop new remedies and reduce health care costs for Florida families,” Demings said. “Growing up the daughter of a housekeeper and janitor, I saw that access to affordable health care should be a basic right for every American. I am proud to support this advanced research initiative I call on Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to join us in passing this bill without delay We must no longer obstruct the critical bills we passed to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. and make health care affordable for Floridians.”

The bill would authorize the creation of an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), with an initial authorization of $3 billion in fiscal year 2022. ARPA-H will support research high-risk, high-reward transformative to boost biomedicine and health. breakthroughs in cancer, infectious diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses.

ARPA-H would be a research entity modeled after other successful advanced research projects, including defense (DARPA) and energy (ARPA-E), which have simplified special federal rules that allow them to advance more faster than usual to support cutting-edge research opportunities. These agencies have pioneering emerging technologies, including the internet development.

Demings has already voted for HR 3a bill to reduce prescription drug costs for American families and cover dental, vision, and hearing services under Medicare for the first time.

Demings helped pass the Build Back Better Plan through the House of Representatives. The plan was one of the largest middle-class tax cuts in U.S. history, part of a fiscally responsible plan to create new jobs and lower the cost of essential services, including health care, child care, elder care, education and housing.