Health Leaders Welcome Opportunity to Work with House Energy and Commerce Committee to Improve Disaster Readiness

Healthcare Leadership Council Applauds Bipartisan Approach by Representatives Hudson, Eshoo on Key Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON – An association of health industry leaders is praising U.S. Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), senior leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, for their announcement yesterday that they are seeking input from expert sources to achieve progress on the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

Hudson and Eshoo have released a Request for Information for information and insights on how to make the country better prepared for future national emergencies.

Mary R. Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), an alliance of healthcare leaders from all health sectors, applauded the lawmakers for their bipartisan approach to this legislation and for recognizing the importance of collecting outside perspectives.

“Protecting public health during a crisis is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s an American imperative, and it’s gratifying to see that Representatives Hudson and Eshoo are making this a bipartisan priority,” said Ms. Grealy. “Organizations like ours have been working on improving our disaster readiness infrastructure even before the COVID-19 pandemic and we look forward to sharing the expertise and experiences of private sector healthcare leaders with the committee.”

In 2021, HLC and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy released a set of recommendations, developed in collaboration with dozens of private sector and government organizations, for improving U.S. disaster readiness and response capabilities. Many of those have been implemented through legislation or regulation.  HLC and Duke-Margolis are currently working with experts in the field to advance new recommendations on how to fill gaps that still exist.

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2023
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