Together we did it! The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) Coalition and lupus patients nationwide helped secure significant allocations for lupus research and professional education in the Fiscal 2015 budget passed by Congress and signed into law last night by President Obama.
Thanks to everyone’s in-person visits, emails, phone calls and letters to legislators emphasizing the challenges faced by people with lupus, the new budget affords the means to improve diagnosis and treatment of lupus with:
- $2 million to further the Lupus Initiative, the highly successful national healthcare provider education program founded and funded by the LRI in collaboration with the federal government. The LRI’s National Coalition of patient advocates has raised $8.6 million in Congressional funds to develop and now execute the Initiative nationwide.
- $30.084 billion to the National Institutes of Health budget – an approximately $150 million increase over 2014. 67 percent of our researchers have gone on to secure grants from the NIH and other sources to continue the work begun by their initial grant from the LRI.
- $247.5 million for the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program which includes lupus as one of the diseases eligible for funding.
“Lupus affects both sides of the aisle, and we appreciate the support patients received from the House, the Senate and the White House,” noted Ms. Dowd. “We are very proud of how our efforts to galvanize the lupus community succeeded in getting federal legislators to listen.”