Arthritis Foundation Rips Trump Budget Plan

Arthritis Foundation Rips Trump Budget Plan

By Ed Coghlan.

Did you know that 350-million people suffer from arthritis in the world? It’s a huge public health concern. So, when a new federal budget is released that cuts health programs, it’s not surprising that the powerful Arthritis Foundation weighed  in on the Trump Administration’s official budget request announced this week.

Their statement argues the budget would make deep cuts to health programs across health agencies and would have severe implications for Medicaid and other programs that deliver vital health care services to people with arthritis.

“While the Arthritis Foundation agrees that health care reform is necessary and our country needs to make important spending decisions, it should not be at the expense of people with arthritis, which now affects one in four Americans and the prevalence is growing.”

The deep cuts in research spending would cut nearly $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with more than $120 million of those cuts impacting the National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

“These cuts would severely hinder the ability of the NIH to support research that is vital to bringing the promise of new treatments and ultimately a cure to people with arthritis. The budget also cuts the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by nearly $400 million, which would further erode the potential set forth in the 21st Century Cures Act.”

The proposed budget would also cut more than $1 billion from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including more than $200 million from the Chronic Disease Division that houses the Arthritis Program. Furthermore, the budget would create a block grant, giving states the flexibility to fund chronic disease programs as they deem fit. This could greatly disadvantage smaller programs like the Arthritis Program, and could jeopardize the future of the program altogether. 

In addition, the budget would cut Medicaid by more than $600 billion over 10 years, and would dramatically change the way Medicaid is funded in the states, threatening access to care to millions of people with chronic diseases who rely on Medicaid in order to have access to timely, consistent care.

The Arthritis Foundation remains committed to breaking down barriers to care for people with arthritis and improving population health through strong investments in federal health programs. The Arthritis Foundation calls on Congress to protect the lives of all Americans by rejecting the president’s budget and declaring a strong commitment to public health in fiscal year 2018.

To lend your voice to the impact of the proposed budget cut to chronic pain, email or call your Congressional representative.

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Jean Price at 8:49 am

    Not sure this posted…so I’m trying again! Excuse the repeat if it has already!
    I’m guessing some of those that will cry out the loudest are the ones whose salaries have also ballooned over the years too! Health care is no longer about care….but rather about making money, it seems! Every agency could say the same thing…our program is more important! As sad as this seems, maybe it will force more ecinomical spending…to still maintain the quality of patient care…yet that will remain to be seen, and happen only if that’s their real goal!.

    And how can I…or anyone with pain…fault cutting the CDC budget!?? I just hope it cuts some salaries too..especially of ALL who have perpetuated the opioid epidemic myth…with its accompanying witchhunt…which has hurt or scarred so many lives already!! Sadly again, it will likely be the public/the patients who are most affected, not the ones who have squandered millions on marketing this false and damaging opioid epidemic nonsense! Maybe it all has to fall apart for it to become better?! If so…it’s well on its way from where I sit!!!

  2. William Dorn at 9:23 am

    Why dont they use there power to fight for all in pain for all chronic pain conditions.

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