Diseases and Medical Research

I am a strong supporter of medical research.   Chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease affect 1 out of every 2 adults and kill nearly 2 million Americans every year.   Funding through the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Defense provides the possibility of medical breakthroughs in the detection, treatment and ultimately cures for diseases that are creating so many hardships for individuals and families – and that cost our nation enormously in high medical costs and lost productivity. 

I have joined with my colleagues to urge that we provide at least $32 billion in funding for NIH in FY2013, which will give us the opportunity to continue research into diseases from Alzheimers and AIDS to vision care and women’s health.


More on Diseases and Medical Research

August 6, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON -   Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, announced the introduction of H.R. 4853, the Medical Device Nonvisual Access Act. This bill would ensure that home-use medical devices are accessible to blind and low-vision Americans across the country.

August 5, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON –  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has led the push for the United States to support the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Waiver in the World Trade Organization, which would allow more countries to have access to the vaccines to the COVID-19 virus. She released the following statement in reaction to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement regarding vaccine booster shots:

June 2, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, was joined by Reps. Buddy Carter (GA-01), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Mike Kelly (PA-16) in reintroducing The Lymphedema Treatment Act. The Lymphedema Treatment Act, H.R. 3630, was reintroduced with 147 original co-sponsors, the most original cosponsors - in both the House and Senate - than any other healthcare bill thus far in the 117th Congress. The legislation ensures that Medicare Part B covers compression garments, the clinically-recognized treatment for lymphedema.

May 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Today, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jesús "Chuy" García (D-IL), and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), held a press conference to discuss their recent meeting with White House COVID-19 czar Jeffrey Zients and the U.S Trade Representative Katherine Tai. During that meeting, they presented a letter signed by 110 Democratic House members calling on the President to support the World Health Organization (WHO) TRIPS waiver.

March 12, 2021 Blog Post

As published on my Medium page