Colorectal Cancer Gains Funding in New Appropriations Bill

Advocates,

kristen-son-capitol-hill-advocatesYour hard work in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 really paid off!!!

Last week, the House and the Senate completed action on the FY2015 spending bill and officially adjourned the 113th Congress. The bill will keep the federal government running until spring, and the president has already signed the bill into law.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding increase was proportional to the funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Defense (DoD) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) received a 50 percent funding increase!!

Below is an updated appropriations table provided by One Voice Against Cancer  (OVAC) that reflects the funding levels of this FY2015 spending bill and compares the new funding levels to previous years.

 

 

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Hard Work Pays Off

Call-on-Congress-2014This new bill is a win for the cancer community and we couldn’t have accomplished it without your hard work!

Although the funding provided for research and prevention does not come close to meeting the needs of cancer researchers and the healthcare community, it is worth noting that cancer was treated as a priority.

NIH & NCI Increases & Provisions

The NIH will be funded at $30.084 billion in FY2015, which is an increase of $150 million, including $4.950 billion for the NCI, an increase of $27 million!

In FY2015, additional funding will be directed to four specific priorities within the NIH: Alzheimer’s, the BRAIN initiative, cancer research and the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. As a result, this is the first time in four years and the third time in eighteen years that NCI funding kept pace with the NIH budget.

There are also a number of new reporting requirements for the NIH as a result of the bill. One of these new provisions will require the NIH to submit a report on annual spending by disease, which will highlight the number of Americans affected by each category of the NIH disease database. This will help us track increases and decreases in screening and incidence rates for colorectal cancer.

CDC Funding & Reserved Funding

Funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cancer programs actually increased under the bill, something that has not happened in recent years. Within the CDC, the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) will receive $43.3 million for FY2015, a $300,000 increase from FY2014.  In addition, there is a bill that will prohibit the CDC director from consolidating chronic disease programs, which means that the funding set aside for the CRCCP must be used on that program.

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DoD’s PRCRP Huge Increases

We saw a huge increase for another legislative goal, the DoD PRCRP. Under the DoD section of the appropriations bill, the PRCRP was allocated $50 million for FY2015, which includes funding for highly-innovative colorectal cancer research. This is a 50 percent increase from the $25 million in FY2014.

Thank you Advocactes!

Advocates – these funding increases are a result of YOUR VOICES.

We cannot thank you enough for your dedication to the cause. Your perseverance has truly paid off and we can’t wait to see what we will accomplish together in 2015.

Happy holidays!

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