In early 2013, lawmakers passed an extension of $150 million in support for the Special Diabetes Program. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), an organization that has focused its fundraising efforts on the prevention and treatment of Type 1 diabetes, reported that the extension would provide continued funding through September 2014.
The JDRF led the legislative push to bring members of both parties together to support the extension that provides the National Institute of Health (NIH) with over 35 percent of its annual funding for diabetes research. However, with funding only guaranteed through 2014, the JDRF’s work to maintain financial commitments of this kind continues despite the recent victory.
About the Author: Dr. Sherwin Kevy is a dentist possessing over 30 years of experience. He is particularly interested in supporting the youth in his community and supports the efforts of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.