Federal Funding Bill Includes Alzheimer's Accountability Act
Congress recently signed a funding bill including the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, enabling scientists at the National Institutes of Health to tell Congress the amount of funding they need on an annual basis to reach the national goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.
The United States’ National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease calls for an effective treatment by 2025, but does not specifically fund that goal. The Alzheimer’s Accountability Act seeks to close that gap, although the measure does not appropriate any money. The Alzheimer’s Advisory Council l appointed by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act released recommendations for 2014 estimating that $2 billion annually would be needed to meet the national plan’s goals.
The new spending bill also includes a $25 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, which follows a $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support made earlier this year.
“Passage of the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act is an incredible milestone for our moment, but we can’t let up,” said the Alzheimer’s Association in an alert announcing the news.
Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced the bill.
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