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.