Senate HELP Committee Approves RadCARE Bill

September 20, 2006

Senate HELP Committee Approves RadCARE Bill

The Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), voted unanimously to approve S. 2322, the Consumer Assurance of Radiologic Excellence (RadCARE) bill.  The bill now moves to the full Senate where it hopefully will be considered before Congress adjourns later this year.

Prior to passage, some revisions to the language of the bill were made in order to address concerns expressed by some Senators.

The revisions are:

  • Inclusion of language clarifying that nothing in this bill would adversely impact the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).
  • Inclusion of language allowing a state's Governor to appeal a decision by the Secretary that a state's imaging law was inadequate to meet federal minimum standards. 
  • Inclusion of language authorizing a Governor to request that alternative standards (rural and underserved areas) not apply in his/her state.
  • Inclusion of a sunset clause that requires the Congress to review and reapprove the RadCARE law no later than 2016.  This is similar to the provision in the MQSA legislation that requires periodic Congressional review and approval. 

To view the summary and full text of the RadCARE bill and related amendments, go to and search by bill number for "S.2322".