VAM Email Alert: November 2020

November 2020



** Congressionally Research Service Composes CDMRP Report
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On November 10, 2020, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) produced a report on Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). CDMRP is a Department of Defense program which provides disease specific funds to medical researchers. The program is directed by Congress, which decides the total funding of the program as well as the diseases eligible to receive research funds. Relevance to our military and veterans populations are extremely important consideration factors for Congressional decision makers.

Each year, IMF lobbies Congress to ensure blood cancers are eligible for the program’s research dollars. This report will help ensure Members of Congress are educated about the program and is an excellent place to learn more about CDRMP. If you have interest in viewing the report, please click HERE (https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R46599) .


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First Responder Exposure Legislation Introduced
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Late last month, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) introduced legislation which would provide a presumption of exposure for certain public safety officers who pass away from a disease connected to toxic exposures faced on the job. If passed, the legislation, H.R. 8649, Joshua John Comeau First Responder Cancer Benefit Act of 2020, would provide this presumption of exposure to public safety officers who pass away from myeloma.

To view the legislation please click HERE (https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/8649/text?r=2&s=1) . To let your Member of Congress know you support the bill please click HERE (https://give.myeloma.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=361) .


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Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Help Veterans With Legal Claims
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On November 10, 2020 a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Brian Tally VA Employment Transparency Act. The bill would help veterans facing legal battles surrounding medical malpractice by providing them with the information surrounding their legal claim.

The bill’s Republican lead, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) stated of the legislation, “Our veterans deserve the highest quality of care, regardless of where they receive that care or who provides it. Unfortunately, medical malpractice remains an issue at hospitals across the country, and veterans should have due process rights if they experience malpractice,” said Tillis. “This bill ensures that veterans have the information they need to receive justice, whether they were treated by a VA employee or a contractor, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this bill signed into law.”

The bill has a house companion, H.R. 4526, which passed out of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee in July. You can view the legislation HERE (https://www.tillis.senate.gov/services/files/303BE4BF-42D7-431B-9877-BB999EFCA3DD) .
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