Sending Office: Honorable Michael C. Burgess
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 4870, the United States Public Health Service Modernization Act.

The mission of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps is to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our nation. The United States Ready Reserve Corps’ purpose is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned
Corps personnel available on short notice for public health and emergency response missions so that USPHS Commissioned Corps members can maintain their day-to-day assignments in many of our Congressional Districts without interruption.

The Ready Reserve Corps must participate in routine training, be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment
of active duty members, and be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities to improve access to health services.

The USPHS Ready Reserve Corps serve an important role in public health service in America and in light of the recent outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, a fully functioning USPHS Ready Reserve Corps is critical to protecting public health in the United

On October 28, 2019, as the Ranking Member and Chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, we introduced H.R. 4870, the
United States Public Health Service Modernization Act of 2019 to extend the same benefits granted to Commission Corps Members to Ready Reserve Corp Members.

Our legislation amends the Public Health Service Act to define references to the “Reserve Corp” to be deemed a reference to the Ready Reserve Corps, ensuring that the benefits granted to Reserve members include those serving in the Ready Reserve Corps, including
retirement benefits and the rights, privileges, etc. of officers and surviving beneficiaries. This bill simply affords benefits to Ready Reserve Corp members that they have earned through their service to public health in America. This is a bipartisan and
bicameral bill, as the senate bill S. 2629 passed the Senate on January 9, 2020.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor H.R. 4870, please contact Casey Patchunka in Congressman Burgess’ office or Rachel Fybel in Congresswoman Eshoo’s office.  


Michael C. Burgess, M.D.                                                                  Anna G. Eshoo

Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: HealthCare

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4870
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