A call to action (CTA) from the American College of Radiology (ACR)’s Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) has generated over 1,000 letters from radiologists asking their senators “to maintain a strong commitment to funding” for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget process.
The ACR issued the alert in response to an appeal from the Ad Hoc Group for Medicare Research to maintain continued support for NIH in the Senate. In March, the College joined with 300 stakeholder organizations in the Ad Hoc Group in a successful effort to secure a $3 billion spending increase for NIH in the FY 2018 federal budget.
This week’s CTA asked all ACR members to encourage their senators to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter to selected members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Both have a substantial influence over NIH funding.
By signing the letter, senators demonstrate their support for funding medical research that is critical to making meaningful and continued progress toward bringing treatments and cures to patients. The letter further references a few of the latest radiology-related NIH successes, such as the National Cancer Institute-funded National Lung Screening Trial that revolutionized lung cancer screening, and the National CT Colonography Trial that demonstrated the effectiveness of CT colonography as a screening method for colorectal cancer.
The ACR would like to thank all members who have participated in this latest CTA. We encourage you to participate if you haven’t already responded to this opportunity to advocate for NIH research.