Tipton Backs Bill to Improve Quality of Life for Alzheimer’s Patients
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to pass legislation that would help provide better treatment and care for Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease. S. 2076, the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 361-3. Tipton is a cosponsor of H.R. 4256, the House version of the bill.
“Alzheimer’s Disease is a public health crisis. In addition to the enormous amount of suffering that this disease causes, the costs associated with caring for Americans with Alzheimer’s are in the billions and only projected to increase,” said Tipton. “More must be done to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, as well as reduce the financial toll that this disease has had on our economy.”
S. 2076 would create infrastructure for the prevention, treatment and care of Americans with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The bill would direct the Centers of Disease and Prevention (CDC) to establish:
- Centers of Excellence in Public Health Practice, to educate the public on Alzheimer’s disease, promote effective caregiving methods and support health professionals, families and communities.
- Core Capacity and Enhanced Cooperative Agreements, to go to state health departments for the purpose of helping those states carry out Alzheimer’s-related public health initiatives.
- Data Analysis and Reporting Cooperative Agreements, to guarantee that data on Alzheimer’s disease is analyzed and released to the public in a timely manner.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050, that number is estimated to rise to nearly 14 million.
In Colorado, 71,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s.
In 2017, the cost of care for Americans with Alzheimer’s was $259 billion. Medicare and Medicaid paid approximately two thirds of the cost, or $175 billion. Nearly one in five Medicare dollars is currently goes towards health care costs associated with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
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