Hope 2016 is a landmark year for Lupus drug trials and research. Merry Xmas.
Congress Increases Funding for Lupus in 2016
Last night, Congress unveiled its Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029) that will fund the federal government for 2016. Thanks to the leadership of the Lupus Foundation of America and our vast network of dedicated lupus activists, the bill provides significant funding increases and vital support for lupus research and education programs.
The bill includes:
• $6 million for the National Lupus Patient Registry program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the largest appropriation in its history and a Foundation priority since 2003.
• $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the largest increases in recent years to the agency that funds the majority of lupus research.
• $278.7 million for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program’s (PRMRP), which provides funding only to researchers studying specific diseases, including lupus.
• $2 million for the Office of Minority Health lupus program with a new focus on developing and implementing a clinical trial education action plan for lupus.
As the bill makes its way through Congress, we will keep you updated you on its progress. The Lupus Foundation of America and our lupus activists will continue to work with Congressional Champions to improve the quality of life for people with lupus and increase funding for lupus research and education initiatives to get the answers we need to solve the cruel mystery.