The House of Representatives Wednesday approved a legislative package (H.R. 7328) that includes the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act. Approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee in July, the preparedness bill includes AHA-supported provisions changing financing and uses for the Public Health Emergency Fund; reauthorizing the Hospital Preparedness Program at an increased amount, including reserving a percentage of HPP funds for the purpose of developing regional health care emergency preparedness and response systems; and formally keeping the HPP and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program separate under their respective agencies. A coalition of 29 health care and public health organizations, including the AHA, this month urged Congress to pass the legislation before they adjourn for the year.

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