The hard work of Alzheimer advocates across the country is starting to pay off.
In late June, the US Senate Appropriations Committee and a House Appropriations Subcommittee passed bills with increases to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The proposed overall funding increases to the National Institutes of Health would boost funding for Alzheimer research to approximately $662 million and keep pace with medical research inflation.
While this is far less than the $125 million increase sought by the Alzheimer’s Association, it is significant because it could provide the first increase in federal funding for Alzheimer research in four years.
These same bills would also continue funding for critical programs that support people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. (see chart below)
The hard work of Alzheimer advocates across the country is starting to pay off. Lawmakers are listening to constituents about the dire need for increased funding for Alzheimer research and care.
Unfortunately, Congress is not expected to finish work on the bill that funds Alzheimer research this year due to a White House veto threat and shortened Congressional schedule. The proposed funding increases approved by the House and Senate committees will act as placeholders and drive discussions in early 2009 when Congress will likely pass the bills.
We will keep the heat on members of Congress in our local communities through the summer and fall to ensure that the proposed funding increase becomes a reality.
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