We received this notice from the ADA’s national advocacy arm about a house bill for diabetes research and prevention funding… and thought our members might be interested:
I have good news to report about diabetes research and prevention funding. While Congress is largely focused on health care reform, a bipartisan bill (HR 3668) was introduced in the U.S. House two weeks ago that will continue two important programs to help stop and better manage diabetes.
The Special Diabetes Programs (SDP) provide funding for the “Special Statutory Funding Program for Type 1 Diabetes Research” at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the “Special Diabetes Program for Indians” at the Indian Health Service (IHS). The Special Diabetes Programs provides researchers the chance they need to carry out long-term research that can have an impact on thousands of lives. It also allows continued improvements in diabetes prevention and care in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, which could ultimately benefit all people with diabetes. Last year, with the support from our Diabetes Advocates, Congress voted to extend the Special Diabetes Programs through September 2011.
The current bill would continue the programs through 2016 and increase funding for both programs to $200 million (up from $150 million each year). The bill was introduced by the co-chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Mike Castle (R-DE), and the co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, Representatives Dale Kildee (D-MI) and Tom Cole (R-CA).
We expect more action on this issue to occur early next year, and the American Diabetes Association will keep you informed as this moves through Congress.
President, Medicine & Science
American Diabetes Association
R. Paul Robertson, MD