• Somehow I missed that Congress is Set to Fund HHS at $2 Bn more than previous funding

    Asked by LiveWithCancer on Monday, September 24, 2018

    Somehow I missed that Congress is Set to Fund HHS at $2 Bn more than previous funding

    In doing a bit of research for a blog, I just ran across the fact that the Congress is set to approve a $2 billion increase in funding for the NIH for FY 2019. If I remember correctly, they got a $2 or $3 billion increase last year, too, over and above what they requested or expected.

    https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/minibus_2_-_fy_2019_lhhs_appropriations_bill_-_one-pager.pdf

    From what I have read, the President is very likely to approve this bill because it is rolled into one of his pet projects - military funding.

    Something else that was interesting and exciting to me, since it seems that Democrats and Republicans can't agree on even the color of the sky these days - it is a bipartisan effort!

    3 Answers from the Community

    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      In all such political actions, one must be circumspect, as the loyal opposition will bleat early and often about "cuts" here and there, when the overall budget is being increased. Anyway, cancer is a relatively small part of HHS. I would look more at the funding propositions for the NCI division of the NIH. How many overlapping bureaucracies do we have, anyway? And this disregards our contribution to the WHO in Atlanta.

      EDIT: Danged typos!

      3 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @po18guy, I wrote to all of my Congresspeople today to tell them I don't want more money allocated, but I do want some oversight over how NIH / NCI decide to allocate funding. It makes absolutely no sense to fund some cancers at $15,000 per death and others at $4,000 or so per death. At the time, I wasn't aware that HHS had gotten an additional $2 BN more for FY 2019 than last year, which had already far exceeded expectations ($3 BN increase last year).

      I guess they do like to keep these things secret ... it isn't politically expedient, I don't suppose.

      Fill me in on WHO ... I know to look at DoD ... but I'm ignorant about WHO and how much funding we give them... I'll add that to my research :) :)

      3 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      LiveWithCancer, FYI, I heard today that they still have to vote on the budget bill before Monday, so it might not stay the same after they vote. The hearing for Kavanaugh has taken more time than it was scheduled for.

      Also I sent you a suggestion on Ejourneys thread to research and lobby directly with NIH--the National Cancer Institute and maybe the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. I don't know how much NHLBI gets into lung cancer since NCI handles cancer, but you could check.

      Since you have the lung cancer statistics down, you could send NCI a letter with all that info and a request for more funding allotted to lung cancer. October 1 or soon after is probably when they decide how to divide up their funds for the fiscal year, so it's perfect timing! You could call and ask if it's already been done.

      3 months ago

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