July 17, 2020

Cures 2.0 + Upcoming Healthcare Policies

Cures 2.0 + Upcoming Healthcare Policies

Despite interruptions due to COVID-19, Congress continues working to address health disparities, chronic disease, and relief for coronavirus. Terry interviews Congressman Fred Upton, co-author of the 21st Century Cures Act, to find out what is in store for Cures 2.0. And Kate speaks with Lori Long, who faces losing her disability benefits if she marries her fiancé. 


Congressman Fred Upton, U.S. Representative, Michigan’s 6th Congressional District

Congressman Fred Upton represents Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, which is home to agricultural, auto parts manufacturing, and biomedical industry centers. In 2014, Rep. Upton co-authored the 21st Century Cures Act, with a goal of expediting the research and delivery of rare disease treatments. The bill was signed into law by former President Barack Obama in 2016. 

Currently, he serves as the top Republican leader of the Subcommittee on Energy. From 2010 to 2016, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he oversaw matters of healthcare, trade, manufacturing, and more. 

Prior to his election to Congress in 1986, Rep. Upton worked in the Office of Management and Budget under former President Ronald Reagan. 

Rep. Upton received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


U.S. Representative Fred Upton

The government is still telling disabled people whom they can marry and this woman has had enough of it.

Lori’s Law Petition

Patients Rising Concierge 

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