Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson and Dr. Phil Advocate for Improved Diabetes Research

May 18, 2016
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) thanked Dr. Phil for his support for his efforts to curb diabetes in America. At a recent meeting with Dr. Phil and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, the fight to end the diabetes epidemic in America was a top discussion. Olson has introduced H.R. 1192, the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act. This bill would streamline federal funding intended for diabetes research to maximize federal tax dollars for maximum benefit to patients. H.R. 1192 has 196 cosponsors and a Senate companion S.586, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH).

“At a time of crushing debt, we must maximize every limited research dollar available," Rep. Olson said. "Diabetes is a national epidemic. Cutting-edge medical research and clinical care institutions only matter if we can translate that research into direct patient care. This bill will help ensure that Americans at risk of diabetes receive effective preventive care and those with diabetes receive the same high-quality care and enjoy a better quality of life by successfully managing their disease.”

“I applaud Congressman Olson for his leadership in working to ensure that, as a nation, we are equipped with the tools and resources we need to fight the diabetes epidemic and improve care for diabetes patients,” Dr. Phil said. “As part of my work with the ON IT Movement, I’m proud to be helping healthcare providers and people who are living with or are at risk for developing diabetes have immediate and necessary access to the right kinds of support.”

Olson and Dr. Phil in the House Energy & Commerce Committee



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