In response to President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget blueprint, which included a $5.8 billion cut to funding for the National Institutes of Health, APS strongly encourages you to contact your representatives and advocate against the proposed budget. The pain community must stand as one and continue to show support for ongoing pain-related initiatives and adequate funding of the NIH.
Contact your representatives and share personal details of your experiences and how the proposed cut will directly impact you and your work or patients. We encourage you to call or write your representatives, incorporating the speaking points below with your individual message. We know these unique messages are more likely to be considered than many touch points with identical messaging.
- Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint, includes a $5.8 billion cut to funding for the National Institutes of Health and many people are unaware of just how important this agency is. Since 2003, there have been steady decreases to the NIH budget and of that budget, more than 80% of the money goes directly to fund grants.
- NIH can afford to accept only 18% of the grant requests submitted based on the strength and feasibility of the idea, and the importance to the public…a nearly 20 percent cut to the NIH means funding fewer grants.
- NIH research studies, in the areas of pain and other chronic diseases which are increasing healthcare costs and destroying American families and prosperity, drives innovation and protects the public and the economy.
- The limited funding allocated for pain research alone has hampered clinicians’ ability to provide optimal, evidence-based care to individuals suffering from chronic pain. The dramatic increase in the prescription of opioids over the last 2 decades has emerged in the context of limited availability of alternative treatments and insufficient data regarding the safety and efficacy of long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain.
- It has taken decades for pain to be recognized as the serious condition that it is. With the National Pain Strategy out last year and the Federal Pain Research Strategy due out later this year, we are poised to finally make meaningful changes in how pain is treated in this country. Such a huge cut to the NIH budget would be devastating to this momentum.
For more information pertaining to the facts and figures of funding, visit the APS website.
Read the full APS statement.