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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Helping Patients With Congenital Heart Defects

September 9, 2016
Press Release

The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health today held a hearing to review five important public health bills, including legislation introduced by Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) to reauthorize the Congenital Heart Futures Act. This bipartisan bill raises awareness of the continuing impact congenital heart defects (CHD) have throughout patients’ lifespans, promotes more research at NIH, and encourages the development of lifelong, specialized care for patients with a congenital heart defect.

“As a founder of the Congenital Heart Caucus, I understand the importance of helping families battling congenital heart defects,” said Congressman Bilirakis. “Nearly 40,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect each year, and this bill helps give hope to these babies and their families. We must do all we can to help our future generations live longer, healthier lives.”

Congressman Bilirakis discussed the legislation with Dr. Bradley Marino from Lurie Children’s Hospital and serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association:


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Read text of the legislation here and learn more about this hearing here.