The House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent recipients of Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income from losing their benefits if they accept compensation for participation in clinical trials for rare diseases and conditions.
Clinical-trial compensation bill goes to Obama
The bill, called the Improving Access to Clinical Trials Act (PDF), would let state and federal benefits recipients to receive up to $2,000 as compensation for enrollment, travel and other expenses associated with participating in rare-disease clinical trials if those trials have been reviewed and approved by research centers' institutional review boards.
The legislation was passed by the Senate on Aug. 5 and now goes to President Barack Obama for approval. He is expected the sign the bill.
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