Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Last week the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee took an important step to address the rapidly expanding Alzheimer's epidemic. Thanks in part to your advocacy, Senate leaders from both parties spoke to the importance of investing now to address the skyrocketing costs of this devastating disease.
On Tuesday the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies voted to include $104 million for Alzheimer's disease in its fiscal year 2014 funding bill. And earlier today the full Senate Appropriations Committee also voted to support this increased funding for essential research and caregiver support.
This is a step in the right direction, though a far cry from what is still needed. Last year alone, approximately 300 million was spent nationally on research. Not to mention the financial burden for patients, families and caregivers, for the most part is not covered by insurance plans.
I urge you to continue to reach out to Sen. Graham and Sen. Scott and thank them for their progress being made, though there is still the critical continued financial need in the area of both research and support for patients and caregivers.