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H.R.1661: Improving Cancer Treatment Education Act of 2013

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Sponsor Steve Israel, D-N.Y.
Total Cosponsors 35 (33 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
Introduced April 19, 2013
Latest Major Action June 3, 2013
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Bill Summary

Improving Cancer Treatment Education Act of 2013 - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to extend Medicare coverage to comprehensive cancer patient treatment education services, including a one-hour patient treatment education session delivered, in advance of treatment, by a registered nurse to an individual diagnosed with cancer (or whose course of treatment has been materially modified).

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand, intensify, and coordinate research programs to: (1) improve the treatment and management of symptoms and side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment, and (2) evaluate the role of nursing interventions in the amelioration of such symptoms and side effects.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 3, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
April 19, 2013 Referred to House Ways and Means
April 19, 2013 Referred to House Energy and Commerce
April 19, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.