What is H.R. 1187 – Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2017? Pact Blog writer Nancy explains just what this bill is, and how you can get involved!

You may have noticed posts on social media about H.R. 1187. This bill is important for those of us with gastrointestinal diseases and is something that you may want to write to your congressional representative asking them to co-sponsor the bill. H.R. 1187 is requesting expansion of research into functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs). It is an amendment to the Public Health Service Act that requires the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other public health institutions to expand activities related to FGIMDs.

It’s no surprise to those of us who suffer from Digestive Tract Paralysis (DTP) conditions, like Gastroparesis, that research related to our conditions are underfunded. It sometimes takes years for patients to get diagnosed and often physicians are lack knowledge on how to treat patients with digestive diseases. This bill supports education for health care providers and provide the funding for research.

This bill was introduced February 2017 and was referred to the congressional subcommittee on health. It’s been sitting there since February 2017. There are currently fifteen co-sponsors.  The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) is supporting efforts to obtain more co-sponsors and move this bill along. To get involved, contact your congressional representative.

Here’s how you can take action:

  • Identify your congressional representative. Visit US House of Representatives site and select your state and district. This will take you to your representative. If you’re not sure of your district, your Voter Registration card lists your congressional district. Or contact your local election registration office.
  • Call or email your congressional representative. Be sure to include your name and address information in any correspondence.
  • Ask them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 1187.
  • Tell them your story and how your digestive disease has impacted your life.

For additional information visit IFFGD advocacy page https://iffgd.org/advocate-for-digestive-health/legislative-issues/fgimd-act.html