February 11, 2016
The U.S. Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee recently voted to pass legislation to improve, coordinate and enhance medical rehabilitation research at the NIH.
The “Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act” (S. 800), sponsored by Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; and Susan Collins, R-Maine, calls for the development of a comprehensive research plan at the agency to conduct, support and coordinate research for the recovery of stroke victims and to help patients return to work. The bill also will establish a standard of care, opening access to specialized and intense care for patients struggling to recover from debilitating disabilities.