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Roskam’s Poison Center Funding Legislation Passes House

Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3527 The Poison Center Network Act with a bipartisan vote.  Roskam is a lead cosponsor of the legislation, which now moves to the Senate for passage before being signed into law by the president.

“The House passed an important piece of legislation today, making funding for poison control centers a priority,” said Roskam. “Poison Control Centers are vital to the safety of our communities and the efficiency of our hospitals. Every year poison centers save thousands of Emergency Room visits, and for every $1 of funding for poison centers, the government saves over $13 in reduced health care costs and lost productivity.  This legislation ensures poison centers can continue to give lifesaving advice and provide assistance in emergencies to keep our loved ones safe.”                                           

“The Illinois Poison Center is grateful for the leadership of Congressman Roskam and his support of the critical work carried out by our nation’s poison center network,” said Dr. Michael Wahl, IPC Medical Director. “This legislation reauthorizes the Poison Center Network Act at its full amount of $28.6 million which will ensure that poison centers across the country are well-equipped to respond to the millions of calls they receive each year. We look forward to working with Congressman Roskam and the Illinois delegation to help preserve this funding.”

Last month, Congressman Roskam joined the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital at an event to bring awareness to the meaningful work of the IPC and community hospitals in providing critical resources to medical staff and patients year-round.  

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