Last year, Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced matching bills (S. 800 and H.R. 1631) called the “Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act.”
The goal of this legislation is to improve research on rehabilitation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As we see disability rates rise, a stronger focus on rehabilitation at the NIH will help identify and streamline the most effective and innovative treatments.
The most significant proposals in the legislation include:
- Stronger links within NIH to coordinate rehabilitation research across their 27 facilities
- Standard definition of medical rehabilitation research
- Updated research plan and annual progress report
Improvements to rehabilitation research are priorities for the Reeve Foundation as we strive to enhance the health, wellness, and independence of our community members.
That's why we will continue to fight for this legislation to be passed before Congress adjourns this fall. Luckily, a key Senate committee approved this bill as part of a larger discussion of NIH issues on February 9.
Please take just two minutes to reach out to your Senator and ask that he/she cosponsor this important legislation. The louder we can raise our collective voice, the stronger we'll be.Take action now -- thank you!