H.R. 3527: Poison Center Network Act

H.R. 3527

Poison Center Network Act

Sponsor
Rep. Lee Terry

Date
January 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3527, the Poison Center Network Act, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on November 18, 2013 by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3527 amends the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300d) to reauthorize funding for the Poison Control Center’s toll-free phone number, the national media campaign which educates the public and health care providers about poison prevention and the toll-free number, and the State Grant Program for Fiscal Years 2014-2019.  

Background

There are currently  57 Poison Control Centers (PCCs) nationwide, which serve individuals residing in all 50 states and U.S. territories.[1]  HHS estimates that 3-5 million poison exposures occur every year, sixty percent of which involve children under the age of six.[2]  A 2004 report from the Institute of  Medicine estimated that for every dollar invested in poison control centers, there are savings of about  $7 to the health care system as a whole.[3]  This legislation would reauthorize the program at current levels, providing Poison Control Centers with the funds to maintain a 24-hour toll-free hotline and continue a national media campaign to promote education, poison prevention, and Poison Control Center utilization.  H.R. 3527 also continues the poison center grant program, which is used to establish and operate Poison Control Centers, which are usually located at universities and regional medical centers.



[3] National Research Council. Forging a Poison Prevention and Control System . Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2004, p. 140.

Cost

A formal CBO estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.