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Capitol Health Call
January 12, 2016

Bills to Help Transplant Candidates and Family Caregivers

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JAMA. 2016;315(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17457

Sen Lamar Alexander (R, Tenn) recently urged the full Senate to pass 2 bills to “help Americans lead healthier lives” by reauthorizing and improving federal programs dealing with cord blood donation and bone marrow transplants and by supporting family caregivers.

“Today our committee passed a bill that will help the 20 000 Americans in need of a bone marrow or cord blood transplant every year as well as legislation to support the 40 million family caregivers in the United States,” Alexander, chair of the Senate health committee, said in a statement (

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