AUA Advocacy Snapshot: Week of April 30, 2018
By Policy and Advocacy Brief posted yesterday
This week’s update includes information on the AUA’s advocacy for graduate medical education funding as well as funding for cancer research and prevention.
AUA Summit: Follow-up Hill Meetings
As part of the AUA’s continued efforts to remain engaged with the offices that AUA members met with during the Annual Urology Advocacy Summit, the AUA had multiple follow-up meetings to provide more specific details and answer staff questions on the issues discussed during the AUA Summit Hill meetings. On April 25-27, the AUA met with staff in the offices of Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), as well as Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), David Schweikert (R-AZ-6), and Sandy Levin (D-MI-9). We will continue bridging congressional offices with Advocacy Summit attendees and look for opportunities to collaborate during the remainder of the year.
Patient and Research Advocacy: Cancer Research Funding Meetings on Capitol Hill
On April 25, in collaboration with the One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) coalition, the AUA participated in meetings with staff from the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as with staff in the offices of Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Brian Schatz (D-HI). The meetings focused on urging Congress to make funding for cancer research and prevention a top priority in fiscal year (FY) 2019. OVAC also shared a letter with Congressional staff to emphasize the need for increased, predictable and sustained federal investment and outlines OVAC’s cancer research appropriations for FY 2019. OVAC recommends a $39.3 billion budget for the National Institutes of Health, including funding provided through the 21st Century Cures Act, $6.375 billion for the National Cancer Institute, and $514 million for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that includes $35 million for a prostate cancer awareness campaign. Further meetings with offices on the Appropriations Committee are scheduled for May 14-15 during OVAC’s Legislative Day of Action.
Additionally, the AUA supported the Friends of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (FoNIDDK) initiative to support the NIDDK in receiving $2.165 billion in FY 2019. This funding will ensure that the vital benign urologic research activities taking place at the NIDDK sustained.
Finally, in collaboration with our patient advocacy partner, Kidney Cancer Action Network, on April 25, the AUA met with the office of Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY-18), Ranking Member of the full House Appropriations Committee. The meeting focused on thanking the Congresswoman for her efforts in securing a $15 million line item for the Kidney Cancer Research Program as part of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for fiscal year 2018. This $5 million increase from the previous year was the largest increase ever in the federal budget for kidney cancer research, and urged Rep. Lowey’s ongoing support for this critical program in FY 2019 and beyond.