Wednesday, January 2, 2019

U.S. Congress Approves the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act

Dana Halvorson

AHCA/NCAL is a supporter of the bipartisan Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, or BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256), which would apply a public health approach to Alzheimer’s disease.  Headed by the Centers of Disease and Prevention (CDC), it would create a modern infrastructure for the prevention, treatment, and care of Alzheimer’s and related dementias.  More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and the United States spends more than $277 billion per year, including $186 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.  Without further action, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is expected to triple to as many as 14 million by 2050, costing the nation more than $1.1 trillion per year.

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced S.  2076 in 2017, and Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Christopher Smith (R-NJ) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.  The bill passed in the Senate on December 12, 2018, and it was approved in the House shortly thereafter on December 19.  It has been sent to President Trump to be signed into law. 

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