President’s FY 2020 Budget Threatens Progress Against Cancer, Patient Access to Care
“We strongly oppose the White House budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which would stall our nation’s progress against cancer and impede access to needed care for the millions of Americans dealing with cancer. The proposal would make drastic, unprecedented cuts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—which houses the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These reductions would undo efforts of the past four years to revitalize the NIH and the NCI, including recent funding increases supported by the Administration. It would also further aggravate access to care challenges faced by Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries every day…
“We urge Congress to reject the proposed cuts to NIH and to affirm its bipartisan commitment to the millions of Americans with cancer by providing $41.6 billion to the NIH and $6.5 billion to the NCI in FY 2020. We also urge policymakers to preserve and enhance access to high-quality cancer care for all Americans by rejecting the proposed changes to Medicaid and Medicare.”
Please visit ASCO in Action for the full statement. ASCO members can urge Congress to support federal funding for cancer research via the ASCO ACT Network.