Rep. Taylor Reintroduces Bill to Improve Accuracy of Public Health Data
Congressman Van Taylor reintroduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to harmonize the collection and reporting of public health data across all levels of governmentWASHINGTON – This week, United States Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) was joined by Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05) to reintroduce bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to harmonize the collection and reporting of public health data across all levels of government.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently provides some reporting guidance through the National Vital Statistics System, methods used by state and local governments vary widely, making it difficult to accurately track, measure, and share information. Lack of consistent data and reporting requirements can prevent public health officials from making well-informed decisions.
H.R. 1478, the Vital STATS Act, aims to eliminate inconsistencies in the collection and reporting of public health data amongst federal, state, and local jurisdictions and, as a result, improve our nation's health system.
H.R. 1478, the Vital STATS Act is endorsed by Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott & White Health, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
The complete text of H.R. 1478 can be found here.
The VITAL Stats Act was first introduced in September 2020 by Congressman Van Taylor and Congresswoman Donna Shalala. Prior to introduction of the legislation, Taylor and Shalala worked together to introduce an amendment to improve the reporting of vital statistics in H.R. 7617, the Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act for 2021. The amendment passed unanimously and was included in the bill's report language.
A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.