IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 28, 2022
Mr. Reed (for himself, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Van Hollen, and Ms. Murkowski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To maximize discovery, and accelerate development and availability, of promising childhood cancer treatments, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Reauthorization Act of 2022 or the
Childhood Cancer STAR Reauthorization Act.
Reauthorizing and improving the Childhood STAR Act
Children's cancer biorepositories
Section 417E of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 285a–11) is amended—
in subsection (a)—
in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting before the period at the end of the second sentence the following:
, and providing sample collection incentives for both solid tumor cancer and paired tissues for all pediatric cancers;
in paragraph (9), by striking
Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018 and inserting
Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Reauthorization Act of 2022;
by redesignating paragraph (10) as paragraph (11); and
by inserting after paragraph (9) the following:
Report on researcher access to children's cancer biorepository samples
The Director of NIH shall, not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Reauthorization Act of 2022, submit to Congress a report on policy changes that would facilitate streamlining the approval process for researcher access to children's cancer biorepository samples, with a special focus on lowering the regulatory burden before samples can be sent to investigators.
in subsection (d), by striking
2019 through 2023 and inserting
2024 through 2028.
Cancer survivorship programs
Section 201 of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–180) is amended—
in subsection (a)—
in paragraph (1), by striking
may make awards and inserting
shall make awards; and
by adding at the end the following:
In developing, studying, and evaluating model systems pursuant to this subsection, recipients of awards under this subsection shall give particular consideration to the report issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in February 2022, titled
Models of Care That Include Primary Care for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Realist Review.
in subsection (b), in paragraphs (1) and (2), by striking
date of enactment of this Act each place it appears and inserting
date of enactment of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Reauthorization Act of 2022.
Survivorship electronic health records
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall coordinate with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information to prepare a report on the role that tailored survivorship electronic health records can play in life-long health care for childhood cancer survivors, with a special focus on survivors who face unique lifelong health needs and late effects as they transition to primary care. Such report shall be submitted to Congress not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
Sense of Congress regarding the creation of a childhood cancer medical code
It is the sense of Congress that the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should consider adding a new Childhood Cancer Code to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) system for the purpose of facilitating access to existing insurance coverage of childhood cancer patients and survivors, as appropriate.