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September 18, 2020

Image Endocrine Society members and staff prepare for the Rally for Medical Research Virtual Hill Day, during which they advocated for NIH funding for fiscal year 2021.  

 

Advocate Now for Endocrinology

September 18 – This is a crucial time for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding and for the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) – two priorities for the Endocrine Society.  The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a Continuing Resolution (CR) next week that would keep the federal government running after September 30 when fiscal year 2020 funding runs out. The Senate will take up the measure after the House votes.  CRs are a good thing in that they keep the federal government running and avert a government shut-down. However, the CR will only fund federal programs at this year’s funding level – no increase – and it is a short-term stop-gap measure expected to expire in December when the Congress would have to return to Washington, DC for a “lame-duck” session after the elections and vote on an end-of-year funding bill.  Meanwhile, the SDP is set to expire November 30 unless Congress takes action to extend it.  The Endocrine Society has advocated that a long-term, five-year SDP extension should be added to the CR.

Endocrine Society Advocacy– 

  • On-line Advocacy Campaign - It is critical that Members of Congress hear from YOU, their constituents, about the importance of increasing NIH funding and providing a long-term extension of the SDP.  Please join our online campaign TODAY.  Our campaign will generate a letter for you to email to your Representative and Senators and will direct it to the correct email addresses.  These emails really do help, particularly now during the pandemic when face-to-face meeting on Capitol Hill cannot occur.
  • Virtual congressional visits - In addition to our online campaign, we have met virtually with House and Senate leadership, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House and Senate committee chairs and ranking minority members to discuss these issues.
  • Rally for Medical Research – On September 17 we participated in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day with over 300 other research and medical societies, hospitals, universities, and patient advocacy groups to all have one voice in advocating for increased funding for the NIH.  Several of our members joined with other representatives from their states for virtual visits with congressional offices.
  • Social Media Campaign – We have been using Twitter to share our messages (#FundNIH #FundHealth #reauthorizeSDPnow) to increase congressional attention.
  • Endocrine Society Staff Advocacy – Even the Endocrine Society staff joined the effort on a social media campaign!

Drug Pricing: On September 13, the Trump Administration issued a new executive order(EO) aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs including insulin. The new orderwhich expands on a previous order released earlier this year, directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to set up a process to require Medicare to pay the same price for prescription drugs, including insulin, as other developed nations which often have lower prices. The new EO expands upon the previous order by including all drugs covered under MedicareHowever, it is unlikely that this order will take effect anytime soon because rulemaking will need to be established to implement the order. Also, because the EO does not carry the force of law, it is likely to be challenged in court. 

Endocrine Society AdvocacyThe Endocrine Society continues to advocate for lowering the cost of insulin and other prescription drugs. We recently updated our Insulin Affordability Position Statementwhich details our work on this issue and provides recommendations for policymakers to lower the cost of this life-saving drug. You can view the statement by clicking this link.  We have also provided testimony to the Congress on insulin pricing, conducted educational briefings for the Congress and met with Administration officials.

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