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Congressional Update: NIH funding increase!

As state legislatures continue to tighten their fiscal belts, federal funding for health research has never been more important. That’s why we are so encouraged that as part of the recent Bipartisan Budget Act, Congress has committed to increasing NIH research funding by at least $1 billion in each of the next 2 years!

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I know it might seem crazy to shift our attention to 2019 NIH funding levels when we’ve only just achieved our 2018 goals, but we need to continue to play offense on this critical issue and get our voices in early and often. We need you to tell your elected officials to include the following funding levels in the House Appropriations Committee’s data base for 2019 Member program requests.

  • $2 billion increase for NIH, with a prioritization of heart and stroke research;
  • $160 million for CDC’s heart disease and stroke prevention;
  • $37 million for CDC’s WISEWOMAN program, helping uninsured and under-insured women reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke; and
  • $5 million for Million Hearts 2022 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years.

The health appropriations subcommittee’s deadline for these requests is March 19, 2018 so please quickly contact your Representative today!

Investing in medical research and prevention programs through NIH and the CDC can help prevent more friends and family from suffering from heart disease and stroke. Will you please quickly email your members of Congress and urge them to make research funding a priority?

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