TAA Submits Written Testimony for FY19 House Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations

The TAA submitted written testimony for the record to the House Committee on Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education And Related Agencies to officially request and support Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) continued funding at the previously enacted level of $2 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tourette Syndrome (TS) Public Health Education and Research Program.   FY19 funding begins on October 1, 2018 and ends September 30, 2019.

The CDC TS program works with partners to conduct research, including the prevalence of TS, the quality of life among people affected by TS, risk and protective factors associated with the impact of TS, and health risk behaviors associated with TS. Results from this research are used to better inform public health efforts to improve the lives and health outcomes of people affected by TS, to implement education programs to help improve the quality of life of those with TS and their families, and to inform future research.

The program also increases awareness and provides information that will help people with TS and Tic Disorders receive needed health services, be more accepted by those around them, and have the opportunity to succeed in school and work.

If you have not already asked your Member of Congress and Senators to support the program, please take a moment and and easily send letters to them now via our online letter generating software https://tourette.org/public-policy/take-action.

In addition to our FY19 testimony and appropriation support request with individual Members of Congress and Senators, 72 members of Congress and 21 senators signed onto letters of support for the continued FY19 funding of $2 million for the CDC Tourette Syndrome Program.  Read the letters of support to see if your Congressman or Senators supported the funding.

Special thanks to our chapter leaders, chapter members, support groups and TAA members who contacted your Member of Congress or Senator either on Advocacy Day or via email/letters.  If you have any questions, please contact Diana Felner at diana.felner@tourette.org