WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement about the House Energy and Commerce Committee marking up, voting on and passing with bipartisan support legislation, H.R. 3527 The Poison Center Network Act, that he is a lead cosponsor of. The next step is for the bill to get a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
“Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee moved forward on legislation that ensures poison centers are funded. By passing this bill out of committee, we are one step closer to the House floor and hopefully getting this bill signed into law. Poison centers play a vital role in our communities by responding to emergency health cases, providing lifesaving resources to medical professionals and preventing thousands of visits to the Emergency Room a year. Poison centers also save our government millions of dollars. Just last year, the Illinois Poison Center saved our state $50 million in reduced healthcare costs and lost output. We must prioritize funding for poison centers for the health and safety of our families, and today we got closer to achieving that goal.”
On Monday, Congressman Roskam held a press conference with the Illinois Poison Center at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. They were joined by experts that help train and direct the operations at Advocate Hospital, one of the EMS training hospitals for the region.