To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment of a mesothelioma patient registry, and for other purposes IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, on MARCH 16, 2017, Mr. KATKO (for himself, Mr. COLLINS of New York, Mr. DONOVAN, Mr. GARAMENDI, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. JEFFRIES, Mr. KING of New York, Mr. LIPINSKI, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. WALZ, Ms. VELA´ZQUEZ, Mr. ZELDIN, Mr. CONNOLLY, Ms. NORTON, Mrs. COMSTOCK, Mr. UPTON, Mr. DENT, Mr. REED, Mr. POCAN, Ms. STEFANIK, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. SOTO, and Mr. KILMER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Why You Should Support H.R. 1563

Mesothelioma (Meso) is a devastating disease caused by exposure to asbestos fiber.  There is no safe level of asbestos exposure and there is no family member immune from this cancer.  Meso has been causing deaths from asbestos exposure for generations and there is no cure in site.  Workers, spouses, and children who may have been exposed indirectly can come down with Meso.  A person does not have to have direct contact with asbestos fiber to be susceptible.  Children who get an evening hug from a parent who is carrying the fiber on their cloths can get sufficient exposure to cause Meso.  A spouse who washes work cloths can get sufficient exposure to cause this cancer.  Workers who have never installed or removed asbestos may get exposure from existing buildings or refineries that they are working in.  Meso has impacted thousands of families from the construction industry.  While most people don’t personally any victims of Meso, those of us who have worked in the construction know far too many. 

The Mesothelioma Patient Registry act will serve to assist researchers in finding a cure.  This voluntary program will offer the registry information on exposure history, treatment protocols, successes and failures, and longevity.  The Registry is completely confidential and will help develop a history and timeline for researchers to follow this disease. 

We are asking for your support for this important bill H.R. 1563.  Please contact your representative and request their support for this bill.