In December 2018, the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act became law. The law authorizes, or allows for, $10 million in research, data collection, and awareness activities at the CDC over the next 5 years. This is 2.5 times the current funding of $4 million.
Therefore we need to strongly advocate for full funding of the $10 Million in the budget for Fiscal Year 2020, or FY2020.
We recently asked you to engage your Representative. Now it’s time to ask your Senator to sign their name to the Dear Colleague Letter that is being circulated in the Senate.
Email your SENATOR, today! (Remember, you can email their staff, too)
1. Find their contact information
You may have it on a business card
You can visit Senate.gov to get the phone number. You can call and ask for the email address of the Health Legislative Aide
2. Send a brief email – edit the final paragraph to represent your relationship to CHD
I’m writing to ask you to support our congenital heart disease appropriations request for the CDC. We urge Congress to provide, as authorized by the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act, full funding of $10 million in FY2020 to the Congenital Heart Failure program at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to support surveillance and awareness activities to address the public health impact of congenital heart disease across the lifespan.
You can show your support, today by adding your name to the Dear Colleague Letter being circulated by Senators Durbin and Young. You may do so by contacting Max Kanner (Max_Kanner@durbin.senate.gov) in Durbin’s office.
Here is a link to the sample letter: https://bit.ly/2Ue00kO
As a constituent and patient with congenital heart disease (parent of a child with CHD / sibling / friend) thank you, again, for your support!