Medical Research Matters to Maine

Tell ME's members of Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health now!

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health saves lives and improves the health of all Americans. In Maine this year there are some 26,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 2,500 people will die from cancer and over 1,000 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

But did you know that NIH research also improves Maine's economy?

Last year, organizations in Maine received more than 100 grants from the NIH totaling more than $70 million. That money helped support over 1,700 jobs and spurred nearly $175 million in economic activity in Maine.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. Congress has shortchanged the the NIH budget for more than a decade now, delaying progress toward cures and diminishing the economic impact in our state.

Congress can fix this! It can include increased funding for the NIH in the year-end spending bill that will be voted on soon.

Send a message to Maine's senators and representatives, urging them to improve the health and economic well-being of our state and to provide increased, mandatory funding for the NIH now.

Fund NIH. Fund hope.