Legislative Update: 5/3/11


Vaccine Safety a Focus of House Hearing

A controversial researcher presented her beliefs about a link between autism and vaccines to the House HHS Reform Committee this week.  Dr. Theresa Deisher, a Stanford-trained genetic researcher and President of Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, offered testimony about her research into the link between the presence of “fetal stem cell DNA” in the MMR vaccine and growing rates of autism.  Offering contradictory testimony were a number of researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health.

HHS Budget Conference Committees Continue

The conference committee working to reconcile differences between House and Senate HHS budget proposals continued this week, with few decisions being made.  The legislative proposals contain stark differences with that of the Governor.  Lucinda Jesson, Cmmissioner of DHS, weighed in with a letter noting several dozen significant concerns with the legislative proposals.

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