Dec. 22, 2015

Consolidated Appropriations Act Passed by Congress

WASHIGNTON, D.C. (December 21, 2015)- Thanks to the leadership of the Lupus Foundation of America and our vast network of dedicated chapters, partners and lupus activists, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029), passed by Congress and signed into law on December 18th, provides significant funding increases and vital support for lupus research and education programs.

Lupus highlights include:

  • $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), which is a $2 million increase and the largest increase in more than a decade to the federal agency that funds the majority of lupus research.
  • $278.7 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 a clinical trial education action plan for lupus.

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.