Washington E-Newsletter

House and Senate Committees Pass Public Health Preparedness Legislation

On July 17, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed the Preparing for All Hazards and Pathogens Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4421). Subsequently, on July 20, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions passed its version of the bill, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (S. 2333). Both bills would reauthorize the public health preparedness program through Fiscal Year 2028. Supported by the AANS and the CNS, the legislation would reauthorize the Military and Civilian Partnership for the Trauma Readiness grant program — also known as MISSION ZERO — which provides funding for civilian trauma centers to train and incorporate military trauma care providers and teams into care centers. The Senate and House must now negotiate the differences in both bills before the current program expires on Sept. 30.