Kathy Hebert, MD, MMM, MPH, is Director of Cardiology, Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, Houma, Louisiana, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. This commentary was written when she was assigned as a fellow to the US Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness.
Nicholas Henderson, is a Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, Department of Economics, College Park, Maryland.
Elin A. Gursky, ScD, is Fellow and Principal Deputy for Biodefense, National Strategy Support, ANSER/Analytic Services Inc, Arlington, Virginia.
Corresponding author: Kathy Hebert, MD, MMM, MPH, 904 Ridgewood Dr Metairie, LA 70001 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).