Legislative Updates

Updates about what is happening on the legislative and regulatory level – news events that affect your digestive health.

DHA Announces Date for 2014 Digestive Health Congressional Call-In Day

March 17, 2014

You are invited to take part in the 2014 Digestive Health Congressional Call-In Day on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  

On this day, the digestive health community is asking you to take a few minutes of your time to reach out to your congressional representatives about this important issue. By joining together on one day, our voices are amplified with one clear message.

IFFGD President Honored at 2014 DDNC Public Policy Forum

February 27, 2014

IFFGD traveled to Washington, DC for the 24th Annual Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) Public Policy Forum on March 2-3, 2014. There we joined with patients, organizations, physician societies, industry partners, lawmakers, and their legislative staff for two days of legislative updates and advocacy activities. 

Registration Open for DHA Advocacy Day 2014

February 25, 2014

DHA invites you to participate in the 7th annual Advocacy Day, June 23-24, 2014 in Washington, DC. You can help fill the information gap surrounding functional GI and motility disorders in our nation's capital by becoming an advocate for digestive health. Your outreach to Members of Congress will help educate policymakers about the needs of patients and inform them of how they can take meaningful action to help support the digestive health community. 

Funding Levels for NIH, FDA, and Gulf War Illness Research Set for FY14

January 06, 2014

Yesterday House and Senate negotiators released details as to how the federal government will spend its money for fiscal year (FY) 2014. This included funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Gulf War Illness Research Program – all areas of interest for DHA and other members of the digestive health community.  

Key Health-Related Funding Provisions

The new congressional agreement (called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014) included:

Progress in Washington, DC for Pediatric Health

December 17, 2013

On November 27, 2013, President Obama signed the National Pediatric Research Network Act into law, as a part of larger package of health-related bills. The law authorizes the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to carry out the Pediatric Research Initiative and to act through the Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to create a National Pediatric Research Network

Support FGID Research & Speak Up for Veterans

November 11, 2013

There is a presumptive service connection between the development of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and deployment in the Gulf War region

The majority of FGIDs are painful, debilitating, and chronic. Long after a soldier’s tour is over, the FGID and its symptoms can remain.

When they speak for themselves, they tell us:

“I was diagnosed with IBS while on active duty … I was able to cope for about 25 years before the IBS started to get progressively worse.  Today it is my nightmare.”

NIH Funding Included in Continuing Resolution for Partial FY 2014 Funding Passed by Congress

October 17, 2013

Early this morning the President signed legislation passed by Congress late last night to reopen the government and increase the federal debt ceiling. This ends the 16-day shutdown of the federal government which began with the start of the 2014 fiscal year (FY) on October 1, 2013. 

The agreement includes a continuing resolution which will keep the government funded at current, post-sequestration FY 2013 levels through January 15, 2014 - the date FY 2014 sequestration cuts are scheduled to take place according to the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. 

FY 2014 Appropriations Update

October 02, 2013

The federal government ceased many functions on October 1, beginning what is known as a “government shutdown.” October 1, 2013 was the first day of Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) for the federal government. The House and Senate have not been able to reconcile their differences on the appropriations bills which fund the government for FY14.  As a result many government functions stopped due to a gap in funding.

The 2010 U.S. Healthcare Reform Law

October 02, 2013

(Updated October 2013) On March 21, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-212 to approve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obama Care. Identical legislation was passed by the Senate on December 24, 2009.  On March 30th, President Obama signed a budget reconciliation bill that made a series of changes to PPACA. Passage of this reconciliation bill was necessary to secure the support of a majority of House Democrats for PPACA.  

Support for HR842 from the Constitution State

September 12, 2013

On Tuesday,  Connecticut's Representative Jim Himes cosponsored The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 842). Congressman Himes represents the 4th congressional district in southern Connecticut.