National Health Council Statement on President Trump’s Budget

Washington, DC (March 17, 2017) - National Health Council Statement on President Trump’s Budget

The following statement is from NHC’s Chief Executive Officer, Marc Boutin:

"People with chronic diseases and disabilities depend on life-saving treatments to manage their conditions. Drastically cutting the budgets of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will dramatically impact the development and approval of future life-saving treatments. The National Health Council (NHC) strongly opposes cuts for these agencies, as proposed in President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget. These cuts will hurt those who need services the most – patients – especially those with chronic diseases and disabilities. Furthermore, the cuts to the NIH endanger the gains made by the bi-partisan 21st Century Cures Law, effectively dampening its impact and the hope it gives millions of patients. During the appropriations process, we urge Congress to put the focus back where it belongs, by putting patients first."

Founded in 1920, the NHC is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Made up of more than 100 national health-related organizations and businesses, the NHC's core membership includes the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations, which control its governance and policy-making process. Other members include professional and membership associations, nonprofit organizations with an interest in health, and representatives from the pharmaceutical, generic drug, insurance, medical device, and biotechnology industries.