We have mentioned several times recently that Congress had committed to increasing funding by at least $1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For the last month, Congress has been debating the specifics as they worked to pass a budget for the rest of the fiscal year.
Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate finally passed a budget and President Trump signed the bill into law. The end result is the largest NIH and CDC funding increase in years! The NIH will receive a $3 billion increase in funding this year alone! Significantly more than what we have been working to achieve.
This incredible turn of events would not have been possible without the work of You’re the Cure advocates like yourself. With your help, we secured an additional $10 million for the CDC’s heart disease and stroke prevention program. Congress needs to hear from constituents that they want them to make heart disease and stroke prevention a priority. This result proves that they heard your voices loud and clear!
- CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention will receive $140 million, up from the current $130 million
- $4 million for CDC’s Million Hearts to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years.
- $21.120 million for CDC’s WISEWOMAN helping uninsured and under-insured women reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke
Despite the ink still being wet on the FY 2018 budget, Congress is already making decisions on 2019. You have already proven that contacting Congress makes a big difference so contact them today, using the sample editable letter, so that the NIH and CDC can continue to research and prevent suffering from heart disease and stroke.