Senate BIll Authorizes $100 Million For Alzheimer’s Infrastructure

A Senate bill authorizing $100 million over 5 years to fund an Alzheimer’s infrastructure program has passed in Committee with bipartisan support.

It creates a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease. It was passed unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and now will be considered by the full Senate.

 

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Senate Bill: What’s In It to Help Alzheimer’s Sufferers?

S. 2076, is the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. It was written by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Masto (D-NV), Capito (R-WV) and Kaine (D-VA) and introduced in November 2017.

Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives, and it is co-sponsored by 245 members.

The BOLD Act creates a modern infrastructure for the prevention, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s and related dementias,according to Senator Collins.

It authorizes $20 million annually over the next five years to establish:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Public Health Centers of Excellence to promote Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving interventions. It will also educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline and brain health. The centers will implement the CDC Healthy Aging Public Health Road Map.
  • Cooperative agreements between the CDC and state health departments to help meet local needs in promoting brain health, reducing risk of cognitive decline, improving care for those with Alzheimer’s and other public health activities.
  • Data grants to improve the analysis and reporting of data on Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline, caregiving and health disparities at the state and national levels.

 

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease, costing the United States more than $277 billion per year. This includes $186 billion in costs to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

 

More than five million Americans have the disease. Current estimates are that the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s will triple to as many as 14 million by 2050. This will cost the country more than $1.1 trillion annually.

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