Funding for VA Medical Care and Health Research
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VA Medical and Prosthetic Research
FOVA Recommendation: $740 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
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,
VA Medical Care Advanced Appropriations
FY 2016 Enacted: $66.7 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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