Entries by Grant Kerber

Coalition for Health Funding Asks Orgs to Sign-On for Additional HHS Funding

From the Coalition for Health Funding: Sign Letter in Support of Increased Funding for Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Attached for your consideration is a letter—being circulated throughout the health, education, child development, social services, and workforce communities—urging appropriators increase the allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for […]

NHC and NORD Share PDUFA Sign-On Letter

From the National Health Council (NHC) and National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD): People with chronic and rare diseases and disabilities rely on FDA to access innovative, safe, and effective treatments. Not only do user fees provide the funding for FDA to quickly review products, but the current user fee agreements also provide significant improvements […]

Research!America Urges Congress to Pass FY2017 Budget

From Research!America: Instead of completing work on an updated budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) before 2016 ended, Congress passed a temporary stop-gap or continuing resolution (CR) that flat-funds government until April 28, 2017. A draft FY17 “omnibus” spending bill that would direct more funding to National Institutes of Health (NIH) research and other key […]

NORD Asks Congress to Keep Medical and Genetic Privacy Protections Intact

From the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) action alert: Federal lawmakers are currently considering a bill that intends to clarify regulations of employee wellness programs, but instead threatens our medical and genetic privacy. The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313) would exempt employee wellness programs from critical patient protections included in the Americans with Disabilities […]

Webinar Provides Overview of Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill 2017

Rare Disease Legislative Advocates recently hosted a webinar which provided an overview of Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill, to be held February 27th through March 2nd, 2017 in Washington, DC. The week of events brings together rare disease community members from across the country to be educated on federal legislative issues, meet other advocates, and share their unique stories with legislators.

Travel Stipends for Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill Increased!

Thanks to a generous donation to our Rare Giving program, we are able to increase the amount offered to recipients! Advocates in Maryland and Virginia are eligible to receive $400 stipends, while advocates in other states in the continental U.S. are eligible to receive $800. Advocates in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are eligible to receive $1,000 stipends.