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You Spoke and Congress Acted

March 15, 2022 Each year, Congress must allocate funds for the following year’s budget, and every year, we lead the advocacy effort for the additional funding needed for lupus research to produce better treatments and eliminate racial disparities in healthcare. Last March lupus advocates joined the LRA to submit formal Congressional Asks for Fiscal Year […] READ MORE

House Approves $10 Million for Lupus Research Funding!

July 31, 2020 In early July we alerted you that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Defense Appropriations Bill was publicly announced with $10 million appropriated for the Lupus Research Program at the Department of Defense. We are thrilled to announce that the House of Representatives today passed this Bill! The many, many phone calls and […] READ MORE

Advocacy on the Personal Level

“Advocacy has many forms, including taking action for one’s own health. It’s self-advocacy  — even though many would not think of their actions this way,” explains Diane Gross, National Director of Advocacy and Programs at the Lupus Research Alliance. “When patients hear that their insurance company is not going to pay for a medication and then […] READ MORE

Successful Advocacy Bringing Millions in Research Dollars to Lupus

June 28, 2018 With an overwhelming majority vote of 359 to 49, the House of Representatives just passed a bill to allocate $5 million to the Defense Department’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for lupus in the 2019 budget.  This federal support of lupus research is a result of advocacy by lupus patients, organizations like […] READ MORE

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