Recently, the U.S. Senate released all 12 spending bills for fiscal year 2021. The Labor, Health, and Human Services budget report includes at least 13 sections related to pain management!
This represents a huge step forward in the national commitment to improving pain care in the U.S.
In particular, the Senate has renewed its commitment to investment in pain by continuing to fund the HEAL Initiative at the National Institute of Health for $500 million, with half the funds going to pain research and half to substance use disorder research.
We were pleased to see that two requests, which we advocated for in collaboration with a workgroup we lead, were included in the budget report: implementing aspects of the Pain Management Best Practices Report and collecting improved data on pain.
Join us in thanking key Senators
Join us in thanking key Senators on the Appropriations Committee for their help in including these important provisions.
More details about the two asks
We were also successful in advocating for similar language in the U.S. House Appropriations FY2021 Budget Report, which was released in July. The House and Senate budget bills will be reconciled in the coming weeks to arrive at a final FY2021 budget.
The fact that these pain management sections were included in both the House and Senate reports bodes well for their likelihood of inclusion in the final report. Even better is the requirement that agencies tasked with this work are specifically directed by the committee to justify what they have accomplished on these priorities to Congress next year.
Please join us in thanking the Senators who helped make it possible.