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Policy Priorities

It's time to act. Public policy decisions must provide the resources necessary to support programs that affect people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Policymakers must enact public policies that provide better health and long-term coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for the millions of people who face this disease every day.

Legislation We Support:

Alzheimer's Research Funding

Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in America, with costs set to skyrocket in the years ahead. To address this issue Congress must devote the resources necessary to achieve breakthroughs in prevention and effective treatment of Alzheimer's. In 2012, an expert panel of scientists concluded that to acheive these tasks by 2025 – the goal established in the National Alzheimer's Plan – a rapid ramp up to billion in annual research funding is necessary. To continue that ramp up, Congress must provide an additional $200 million in Alzheimer's research funding as part of the fiscal year 2015 appropriations process.

Urge representatives to increase funding today.

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Alzheimer's Accountability Act

The Alzheimer's Accountability Act (S.2192/H.R.4351) represents a bipartisan effort to ensure that Congress is equipped with the best possible information to set funding priorities and reach the goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease — effectively preventing and treating Alzheimer's by 2025.
Read the facts.

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Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE)

It is crucial that those battling Alzheimer's have access to diagnosis and care planning services which can lead to better outcomes for themselves, their families and their caregivers. That is why the Alzheimer's Association supports passage of the Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act.

The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act is legislation would:

  • Provide Medicare coverage for a package of services, including a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and care planning.
  • Require documentation of the diagnostic evaluation and any care planning provided in an individual's medical record.

Who supports the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act?
Thousands of advocates nationwide have contacted Congress to urge passage of this bill, and the Alzheimer's Association has worked to ensure that the bill has bipartisan support from members of Congress.

Read the Bill:

Senate Version
House Version

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National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA)

The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) is the largest legislative victory in many years for the Alzheimer's cause, a law that established an integrated national plan to overcome the disease.

    More than 50,000 e-mails, 1,000 meetings and nearly 10,000 phone calls made by the Alzheimer's Association and its advocates led us to the historic legislative victory for the Alzheimer's community. Recognizing the growing Alzheimer's crisis, Congress unanimously passed and President Obama signed NAPA into law, calling for the creation of a National Alzheimer's Plan. Learn More

NAPA includes requirements to:

  • Coordinate Alzheimer's disease research and services across all federal agencies.
  • Accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt, or reverse the course of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Improve early diagnosis and coordination of care and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Improve outcomes for ethnic and racial minority populations that are at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.
  • Coordinate with international bodies to fight Alzheimer's globally.

NAPA will:

  • Increase the commitment to Alzheimer's research
    There continues to be a chronic underinvestment in Alzheimer's disease research. Providing resources to support the national plan is vital to finding needed treatments, developing prevention tools, and – one day – a cure.
  • Expand education efforts and caregiver support services
    In addition to the need to increase public awareness of Alzheimer's disease, it is critical that unpaid family caregivers and health care providers receive education, outreach and support.

NAPA also establishes the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services and requires the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work in collaboration with the Advisory Council to create and maintain the national plan.

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