It is estimated that fractures resulting from osteoporosis or low bone mass cost our health care system more than $19 billion each year. Experts predict that cost will rise to $25.3 billion by 2025. Early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis alone has been demonstrated to dramatically reduce fracture rates and generate substantial savings overall. In addition, osteogenesis imperfecta is characterized by fragile bones and frequent fractures. It is estimated to afflict an estimated 40,000 people. Paget's disease of the bone, a disorder that results in enlarged and deformed bones in one or more parts of the body, afflicts an estimated 700,000 Americans over the age of 60.
The Bone Health Promotion and Research Act would provide for greater comprehensive osteoporosis and related bone disease control and prevention programs along with national educational outreach activities. This act would create a National Bone Health Program to augment education and outreach initiatives through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and provide state grants for comprehensive osteoporosis and related bone disease surveillance, control, and prevention programs and activities. This bill would also expand and intensify research activities of the National Institutes of Health on osteoporosis and related bone diseases. Summary of the Bone Health Promotion and Research Act.
The Bone Coalition is currently working to reintroduce this bill in the current session of Congress.