American Diabetes Association to Testify for Increased Diabetes Funding
Association Urges Significant Expansion of Federal Funding to Stop Diabetes
With 25% of the U.S. population either living with or at risk for developing diabetes, the American Diabetes Association today will ask Congress to expand the federal response to the diabetes epidemic. Janel Wright, National Chair of the Association’s Advocacy Committee, will come to Capitol Hill to make the case for increased Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 research and prevention funding before the Labor, Health, Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representative at 2 p.m. ET today.
'If left unaddressed, diabetes will overwhelm the healthcare system with tragic consequences,' commented Wright. 'To change this future we need to increase our commitment to research and prevention in a way that reflects the burden diabetes poses both for us and for our children.' Wright, who has had diabetes for more than 30 years, will convey the Association’s request for $2.209 billion in FY 2011 funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Wright will also ask the LHHS Subcommittee to provide $86 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT). She said, 'DDT has a proven record of success – through community-based prevention programs, diabetes surveillance and translational research – but is woefully underfunded.'
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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