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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- A federal bill named for a former Wisconsin Marine now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law.

Jason Simcakoski died from a drug overdose of mixed medications at that Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah. Authorities determined he was overprescribed medication and staff didn't immediately try to revive him when he was found unresponsive in 2014.

Simcokoski's death prompted Wisconsin legislators to create the "Promise Act," which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to update pain management guidelines, strengthen provider education and training, improve patient advocacy and authorize a new commission to look at alternative treatments.

The bill passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday. It has already passed the House. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Ron Kind were co-sponsors of the bill. 

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