Women: We're One Step Closer to Equitable Health Care and Medical Research "Women's Health Office Act" - HR 1784 is approved in Health Subcommittee

Jun 11, 2002
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, the Health subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives favorably reported HR 1784, The Women's Health Office Act, to the full committee. The bill was introduced last May by Congresswoman Connie Morella (R-MD). Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney is the lead Democrat on the bipartisan bill.

"Unfortunately, history shows that there is a pattern of neglect in the area of women's health research. Women and girls should benefit equitably in the advances made in healthcare and medical research. Only through good science and research will we find better treatments and cures for all men and women. By giving these Women's Health Offices statutory permanence, this bill will ensure that the needs and gaps in research, policy, programs, and education and training in women's health continue to be addressed. I hope that the Committee will send this bill to the floor swiftly," said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney in a statement today.

Background:

The Women's Health Office Act of 2002 gives statutory authority to five offices -

  • Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office on Women's Health within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Office of the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and within the Office of the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Amends the Social Security Act to establish within the Office of the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration an office to be known as the Office of Women's Health.
  • Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish within the Office of the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration an office to be known as the Office of Women's Health.

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