Public Health and Medical Preparedness and Response: Issues in the 111th Congress [February 25, 2009] [open pdf - 358KB]
"Key recent events-the 2001 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and concerns about an influenza ("flu") pandemic, among others-sharpened congressional interest in the nation's systems to track and respond to public health threats." This report addresses public health and medical preparedness and response issues facing the 111th Congress and its proposed efforts in the oversight of the nation's readiness for health threats. Included in this report are laws and engagements passed by the 109th and 110th Congress; the progress and implementation of such programs, and consideration of proposals in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the economic stimulus proposal) to enhance funding for the development of medical countermeasures (e.g., drugs and vaccines), and for pandemic flu preparedness. "At this time, there is no federal assistance program designed purposefully to cover the uncompensated or uninsured health care costs for disaster victims. The 111th Congress may reconsider earlier proposals to provide such assistance under certain circumstances."
CRS Report for Congress, R40159