This week’s advocacy update will be shorter than last week’s, but there have been a few developments I wanted to be sure were on your radars.
This morning in an email to staff, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Acting Director Dr. Sharon Arnold announced that Mr. Gopal Khanna is joining the agency today as its new director.
Since members of Congress have been channeling much of their time energies toward the final fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill, appropriations will be the predominant focus of this week’s advocacy update – though I do have some news regarding possible changes coming to the National Institutes of Health’s grants policies as well!
Members of Congress will return to Washington on Monday after a two week April recess. While recess typically means quieter times on the advocacy front, the work in Washington continues.
As we continue to recognize health services research’s increasingly relevant place in the world of Washington, I wanted to begin weekly advocacy updates for our members – to let you know what we’re hearing and to provide you with our “read” on the state of affairs.
Having now seen the president’s budget proposals for fiscal year 2017 and 2018, AcademyHealth remains highly troubled about what they mean for public health and health research.
President’s Proposed Budget Cuts Funding to Science and Research Vital to Improving Lives of All Americans
AcademyHealth is deeply troubled by the president’s budget and the signal it sends to the nation’s scientific enterprise.
One of my greatest privileges as president and CEO of AcademyHealth is the opportunity to represent you, our members – who are making strides each day to help us better understand and improve our health care system – in visits with members of Congress and congressional staff. It is an honor to speak about how health services research is revolutionizing the way we see and respond to health care challenges and opportunities, and I am constantly energized by the promise and impact of your work.
Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth President and CEO, opened the 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference with the following remarks, focused on how the health care and health policy community can positively contribute to the development of sound policy in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.