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NMA Commends The Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

Thursday, December 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Silver Spring, Maryland (December 8, 2016) — The National Medical Association (NMA) applauds the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act and looks forward to President Obama’s signature. “We are especially inspired by the fact that this bipartisan bill will provide new funding and much needed support for the cancer moonshot research initiative that will benefit the patients that we serve” stated Richard Allen Williams, M.D., 117th NMA President. The 21st Century Cures Act not only provides additional funding for cancer research, it also provides funding to some of the most urgent issues in medicine including fighting the epidemic of opioid abuse, funds mental health treatment, helps the Food and Drug Administration to speed up drug approvals, and pushes better use of technology in medicine.

Dr. Williams also noted that “the NMA is particularly grateful for the dedicated work of Edith Peterson Mitchell, M.D., Immediate Past President of the NMA, for leading the NMA’s efforts in bringing this information to the attention of Congress and the medical community.”


Founded in 1895, the National Medical Association (NMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest medical association representing the interests of African American physicians and the patients they serve.  The NMA advocates for policies that would assure equitable and quality health care for all people.  The NMA is dedicated to reducing and eliminating disparities in health and improving the lives of our patients, their families, and their communities. For more information on the NMA visit,

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