Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is in serious jeopardy. As the American Society of Hematology (ASH) explains:
“After years of flat funding, NIH’s inflation-adjusted budget is close to 20 percent lower today than in FY2003, and, if the scheduled across-the-board cuts (known as sequestration) go into effect January 2, 2013, NIH will be subject to an 8.4 percent further cut. Thousands of NIH grants could be eliminated and cutting-edge research on blood and other diseases will be stifled.”
ASH has organized a special patient advocacy campaign so that patients can quickly and easily send a letter to their members of Congress about about the impact that inadequate funding has on the development of cures and treatments for serious diseases.
Click here to use the ASH advocacy tool to contact your representative and senators.