State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today introduced House Bill (HB) 556, the Frances Lewandowski Memorial Medical Research Fund. This fund will require the Chancellor of the Department of Higher Education to set up a grant program that medical research universities may compete for to conduct medical research for chronic, terminal or currently incurable diseases.

“Far too many have experienced the loss of a loved one at the hands of an incurable, debilitating disease,” said Ramos “Whether the villain is Alzheimer’s, dementia, ALS, MS, or cancer, the outcome is too often the same; a beloved family member is gone too soon, a hole is left in our families and the State of Ohio has done little to incentivize ground-breaking research to prevent such tragedies.”

This bill requires that at minimum one-tenth of one percent of the General Revenue Fund to be placed into the new medical research fund. In fiscal year 2017 this would have been approximately $31.7 million, but the amount will fluctuate with the economy as spending goes up or down.

“We have done good work in the legislature bringing awareness to many incurable diseases. However, it is clear that we can and should do more to actually work toward a cure, and quite frankly, we have spent a lot more on a lot less. It’s not enough to say we want a cure. It’s time we actually did something about it,” Ramos concluded.

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