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On the Hill: Ebola, U.S. Public Health Response

Congress remains in recess until after the Nov. 4 election, however the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will convene this Thursday for a hearing: “Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak.”

Witnesses at this hearing will include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden, MD; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, MD, from the National Institutes of Health; and other U.S. public health officials. The hearing will focus on efforts to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States, including preparedness practices at U.S. points of entry and health care facilities, which may diagnose and treat Ebola patients.

America’s Essential Hospitals recently published an Ebola Checklist for Hospitals to curate critical information for essential hospitals and provide resources for preparedness, diagnoses and response practices.

Of note, $750 million in additional Ebola-directed funding, which President Barack Obama requested, was cleared on Friday, Oct. 10, after being stalled by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).  The now-cleared funding will support the Pentagon’s efforts to combat the spread of Ebola.

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Jocelyn Wiles is the manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.