IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE NEWS

In an effort to bolster Federal research into functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs) and improve the development of innovative treatment options for these conditions, IFFGD and grassroots advocates have reintroduced the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act, H.R. 2311.  As with the bills introduced in 2011 and 2013, G-PACT is again working to obtain additional sponsors for this important legislation.

This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to require the National Institutes of Health to expand, intensify, and coordinate its activities with respect to functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs), including by:

  • expanding basic and clinical research into FGIMDs by implementing the research recommendations of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases,
  • providing support for the establishment of centers of excellence on FGIMDs,
  • supporting innovative approaches to educating health care providers and patients regarding strategies that improve patient-provider relationships and care,
  • directing the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to provide the necessary funding for the continued expansion and advancement of the FGIMDs research portfolio, and
  • directing NIDDK and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to expand research into FGIMDs that impact children.

The Department of Health and Human Services may engage in public awareness and education activities to increase understanding and recognition of FGIMDs.

H.R. 2311 has been introduced by Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI-5) and is co-sponsored by Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN-7) and Rep. Zoe Loftgren (D-CA-19).    However, in order for the FGIMD Research Enhancement Act to become law and for its research and treatment related provision to take effect, the bill needs more cosponsors.

We need G-PACT members to contact their Representatives to ask them to become an original co-sponsor of H.R. 2311.  Please take a few minutes to participate in this process.  When you reach out as a constituent, you put a face on those affected by digestive diseases, plus you help to raise critical awareness.  You can locate your representative at http://www.house.gov/representatives/find.