ACC: 21st Century Cures Highlights Importance of Medical Research

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 202-375-6472

WASHINGTON (Jul 10, 2015) -

A statement from American College of Cardiology President Kim Allan Williams Sr., M.D., FACC, regarding today's House passage of the 21st Century Cures Act:

"Today's passage of HR 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, demonstrates the House's commitment to working together in a bipartisan manner to improve health care in the United States. The increased mandatory funding for the NIH drives home the importance of innovation and medical research in the health care community's efforts to improve patient outcomes through new treatments," said American College of Cardiology President Kim Allan Williams Sr., M.D., FACC.

"The United States has long been a leader in medical research that has advanced patient care throughout the world. Our health care system - and more importantly our patients - can't afford for us to become stagnant. This legislation helps address that need. We thank Chairman Upton, Congresswoman DeGette, and their colleagues who spearheaded and advanced this praiseworthy effort."

The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, promotes cardiovascular research and bestows credentials on cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit


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