Funding for VA Medical Care and Health Research

FOVA FY17 Recommendations

VA Medical and Prosthetic Research: $665 million
Million Veterans Program: $75 million
Total: $740 million

VA Research Facilities:
$175 million for non-recurring maintenance / minor construction and $50 million for major construction

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VA Medical and Prosthetic Research

FOVA Recommendation: $740 million
Medical and Prosthetic Research: $665 million
Million Veterans Program: $75 million

FY 2016 Enacted: $630.7 million
FY 2017 Administration Request: $587 million

To keep VA research funding at current-services levels, the VA research program needs at least $17 million (a 2.7 percent increase over FY 2016) to account for biomedical research inflation. However, the FOVA organizations believe an additional $17 million in FY 2017, beyond inflationary coverage, is necessary for sustained support of research on conditions prevalent among OIF and OEF veterans as well as chronic conditions of aging veterans. To support the President's Precision Medicine Initiative, FOVA recommends $75 million to process 100,000 of the samples collected in the VA's Million Veterans Program (MVP).

VA Research Infrastructure

FOVA Recommendations: $225 million
Major Construction: $50 million
Nonrecurring Maintence and Minor Construction: $175 million

For decades, the VA construction and maintenance appropriations have failed to provide the resources VA needs to replace, maintain, or upgrade its aging research facilities. Consequently, many VA facilities have run out of adequate research space, or existing space is unable to meet current standards. FOVA believes designating funds to specific VA research facilities is the only way to break this stalemate.

For capital infrastructure, renovations, and maintenance, FOVA recommends at least $50 million for up to five major construction projects in VA research facilities and $175 million in non-recurring maintenance and minor construction funding to address deficiencies identified in the congressionally requested report on the status of VA research facilities (H.Rept. 109-95, H.Rept. 111-559)

 

VA Medical Care Advanced Appropriations

FY 2016 Enacted: $66.7 billion
FY 2017 Advanced Appropriations: $63.3 billion
FY 2017 Administration Request: $70.7 billion
FY 2017 IB Recommendation: $72.8 billion
FY 2018 Advanced Appropriations: $66.4 billion
FY 2018 IB Advanced Appropriations Request: $77 billion

For more details on VA Medical Care funding, please review the Independent Budget, comprehensive VA budget recommendations prepared by the veterans service organizations.

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