S. 1674: S. 1674 - Improving Access to Clinical Trials Act

S. 1674

S. 1674 - Improving Access to Clinical Trials Act

Sponsor
Sen. Ron Wyden

Date
September 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

S. 1674 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  Sen. Wyden (D-OR) introduced S. 1674 on September 9, 2009, and it was referred to the Committee on Finance.  On August 5, 2010, the Senate passed S. 1674 by unanimous consent.  

Bill Summary

S. 2871 would allow individuals who are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid beneficiaries to exclude the first $2,000 of compensation for participating in clinical trials involving testing of treatments for rare diseases or conditions (as defined by the Orphan Drug Act).

In addition, the Comptroller General would be required to study and report on the impact of S. 1674 on enrollment of individuals who receive SSI benefits in clinical trials for rare diseases or conditions.

S. 1674 would sunset five years after its enactment.

Background

Clinical trial payments may threaten eligibility for SSI and Medicaid benefits

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office cost estimate of S. 1674 was not available at press time