The US House Committee also set aside funds to support lupus research.
In May of 2016, the US House Committee set aside $5 million to establish a lupus medical research program. The appropriation and passage of the bill was vigorously supported by the Alliance for Lupus Research, the S.L. Lupus Function, the Lupus Research Institute, and the LEI National Coalition of state and local organizations. The LEI is a which is a voice for lupus research stated that great strides are being made in disseminating lupus information and urging funding.
“Lupus affects millions, including many active duty military, dependents and retired veterans,” said Richard DeScherer, S.L.E. Lupus Foundation president. “We applaud the continued leadership of the Congressional Lupus Caucus in supporting the advancement of lupus research and increased awareness of the often-misdiagnosed disease among the general public and health professionals. We are also very proud that the hard work and persistence of advocates across the country succeeded in winning Congressional support.”