By Troy Zimmerman, Vice President of Government Relations
Each year, the National Kidney Foundation, our allies, and our supporters advocate for increased funding for kidney disease research and programs in Congress. We are proud to tell you that the work of the kidney disease community has paid off again this year!
On September 28th, President Trump signed the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill, which maintained or increased funding for several priorities for our community. It increased funding for:
- The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) by $59 million to $2 billion;
And maintained FY2018 funding for:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Chronic Kidney Disease Program at $2.5 million;
- The Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts Initiative at $4 million;
- The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Care at $1.627 billion; and
- HRSA’s Division of Transplantation at $25.5 million.
If you would like to show Congress the appreciation of the kidney disease community, please consider writing your legislators!