WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-08), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries can get their blood tested at no cost for toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) and Congresswoman Nancy Mace (SC-01) also joined the legislation at introduction.

“PFAS chemicals represent a grave public health threat, and we must ensure that individuals in need have access to medical tests to determine exposure to these harmful, forever chemicals,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to lead the Expanding Seniors’ Access to PFAS Testing Act to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries and our seniors have access to testing, with my friend Congressman Kildee, who has been a fantastic partner on this important issue.”

“My legislation, supported by Republicans and Democrats, is urgently needed to ensure those exposed to PFAS get the health care they need,” said Congressman Kildee. “Many communities in mid-Michigan have been impacted by these forever chemicals. As we work to clean up harmful PFAS chemicals across the country, I am committed to ensuring Michigan seniors have access to these tests at no cost to them.”

“Every American deserves to live in a safe and healthy environment, free from the harmful effects of chemical exposure. The Expanding Seniors’ Access to PFAS Testing Act is a crucial step towards identifying and combating this pervasive threat among some of our nation’s most vulnerable,” said Congressman Pascrell. “By providing seniors with increased access to PFAS testing, we can empower them to take control of their health and well-being and work towards a future where PFAS contamination is a thing of the past.”

“The Expanding Seniors’ Access to PFAS Testing Act is a critical step towards protecting the health and well-being of our senior population. By requiring Medicare to cover and pay for PFAS blood testing, we are ensuring our seniors have access to the same preventative services as other important health screenings,” said Congresswoman Mace. “The harmful effects of PFAS chemicals are well-documented, and it is our duty to prioritize the health of our seniors by providing them with the necessary tools for early detection and intervention. This legislation will empower our seniors to take control of their health and live with peace of mind.”