Jul. 25, 2014

LFA Stimulates $7.6 Million in New Funding for Lupus Research and Education Programs

The U.S. Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee delivered some very encouraging news this week for people with lupus and for the physicians and scientists who are working to solve the cruel mystery of lupus.  Chaired by longtime friend of the Lupus Foundation of America and champion for lupus research and education programs Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the Subcommittee release details of its 2015 spending bill, which includes:

  • $5.6 million for the National Lupus Patient Registry program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
  • $2 million for The Lupus Initiative at the Office of Minority Health; and,
  • $30.46 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $605.7 million.

Earlier this month, the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill providing next year’s funding allocation for the Department of Defense, which includes $247.5 million for the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP), a $47.5 million increase over the current level.  The Lupus Foundation of America successfully advocated in 2004 to have lupus listed among the disease eligible for funding by the PRMPR, and the Senate Appropriation Committee’s 2015 bill continues that eligibility.

The Lupus Foundation of America’s advocacy efforts are part of the Foundation’s comprehensive strategy to increase funding for lupus research and education program.  The federal government is a major source of funding for lupus research.  Without the great work and dedication of lupus activists across the country, our work to elevate lupus to a place of prominence on the nation’s health agenda would be very difficult and these accomplishments in securing additional funding for lupus research and education programs would not be possible.

While the appropriations process for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins on October 1 of this year is stalled, most likely pending the outcome of the November mid-term elections, the Foundation remains committed to ensuring that funds for lupus research and important public and professional programs is robust.  We are vigilant in our efforts to ensure that the needs of people with lupus are well represented when Congress debates important appropriations legislation.

Check back for more details on how you can help this fall when Congress returns to session after their summer recess and engage in this fight to ensure that lupus receives a fair level of funding support from the federal government.


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