H.R. 756: National Pain Care Policy Act

H.R. 756

National Pain Care Policy Act

Sponsor
Rep. Lois Capps

Date
March 30, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 756 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) on January 28, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 756 would amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a national conference on pain, as well as an interagency committee to coordinate pain research. The bill also authorizes $5 million per year in grants for health professions schools and other entities regarding pain care training, as well as a national pain education outreach and awareness campaign on pain management. The bill would authorize a total of $36 million in appropriations over five years.

Background

On September 23, 2008, the House passed a similar bill (H.R. 2994) by voice vote. The Senate never considered the legislation.

Cost

According to the Congressional Budget Office, implementation of H.R. 756 would increase spending subject to appropriations by $3 million in Fiscal 2010 and $33 million over five years.