WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., announced that their bipartisan legislation to help improve the lives of patients with muscular dystrophy passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, paving the way for a vote in the full Senate. The bill would update and improve the “Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research & Education (MD CARE) Act,” which supports medical research and policies to boost life expectancy and quality of life for muscular dystrophy patients.
“This legislation is responsible for fueling research that has helped add an average of 10 years to the lives of those with Duchenne,” Wicker said. “This is just one example of how vital the MD CARE Act is to saving lives and improving treatments for those with muscular dystrophy. Updating this law would ensure that current policy keeps up with today’s science.”