Congress funds the government through the annual appropriations process. This includes funding for the National Institutes of Health, the largest public medical research agency in the world. Every new treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the last five years leveraged research funded by the National Institutes of Health. It is important for Congress to continue to provide robust funding for medical research to ensure that new and better treatments are developed, and to ultimately find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
The appropriations bills determine funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Defense as well, which also study IBD. The CDC is studying the epidemiology of IBD, including the socio-economic, racial, and geographic differences among the IBD population. The Department of Defense is supporting several studies on IBD which would benefit the veteran population, notably on IBD and stress.
Your Senators and House Representative are finalizing funding levels for fiscal year 2020 (FY20). Contact your legislators and ask them to provide robust funding for medical research, including key Crohn's and colitis research programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense. It is important that your legislators hear from you as they set spending priorities for FY20.
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