ATS Signs onto Coalition Letter in Support of Health Funding for FY2014 Budget Year.
(2/19/13) Each year, a coalition of health organizations comes together in an effort to secure increased funding for health agencies and programs, including NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, HRSA, AHRQ, FDA, and the Indian Health Service, among others. The coalition works collaboratively to secure a strong discretionary health funding allocation or “Function 550” in the budget resolution, which then increases the funds available for agency appropriations, which directly impacts your specific federal funding priorities.
Early this year, lead by the Coalition for Health Funding, a summit was held with leaders of the health agency coalitions to develop a funding recommendation for FY 2014 Function 550. The Health Summit recommends $65 billion for Function 550, a $7 billion increase over the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) estimated FY 2013 budget authority level of $58 billion. This request is consistent with the community’s FY 2012 Function 550 recommendation.
The coalition has drafted a letter to Congress to highlight this
recommendation. To date, over 350 organizations, including the American Trauma Society have signed this letter to support health funding.
Click here to read the letter.