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Public Policy Victories

The Alzheimer's Association has a successful history of bringing people together to tackle the challenge of Alzheimer's disease. Our advocate network, together with the Association, is responsible for the following victories over the last fourteen years. We're leading the fight!

2014
Legislation is passed and signed which provided an additional $122 million in the FY14 budget for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support. This included $100 million for research, $20 million more than was in the President’s FY14 budget request.
2014
The 35th state in the country published a state Alzheimer’s disease plan.
2014
The 40th state enacted the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) which establishes a framework for courts in different states to communicate about adult guardianship cases.
2013
The Director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins provided $40 million from the Directors budget for additional Alzheimer’s research, which announces at the annual Advocacy Forum.
2013
The Federal District Court of Vermont approved the proposed settlement agreement in the Jimmo v. Sebelius class action lawsuit which sought to end the application of the “improvement standard” as the basis for Medicare coverage decisions for skilled therapies. The Alzheimer’s Association was a plaintiff in the class action lawsuit and supported the settlement agreement.
2012
The first-ever National Alzheimer's Plan was released by the administration in May 2012. In connection with the plan's release, Alzheimer's received an additional $50 million in federal research funding during the fiscal year.
2011
One of the Association's top legislative priorities, the National Alzheimer's Project Act (S.3036), was signed into law.
2010
The two year waiting period for Social Security Disability (SSDI) for those diagnosed with younger or early onset Alzheimer’s disease is eliminated. This change provides expedited access to SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
2010
Advanced a new Medicare benefit that includes the detection of cognitive impairment as part of the annual wellness visit beginning January 2011.
2010
For the first time, the decennial Health People Report included objectives for Alzheimer’s and other dementias underscoring the growing public health threat they pose to the nation.
2010
Ensured that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contained provisions to help people with Alzheimer's disease, their families and their caregivers, such as a federal long-term care insurance program.
2009
Secured an additional $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("stimulus bill"). Of the $5 billion awarded so far, the NIH has invested $77 million in Alzheimer's grants. The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative was among the studies to receive funding.
2005
Established the leading standard of quality for nursing homes and assisted living by offering practice recommendations and training for professional providers, as part of our Quality Care Campaign.
2004
Gained inclusion of Alzheimer's medicines in Medicare's Drug Formulary (covered drugs).
2003
Won passage of Medicare's Part D Drug Benefit, which went into effect in 2006.
2001
Secured rehabilitation benefits for Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer's disease so individuals were no longer denied this coverage.
2000
Won passage of the Family Caregiver Support Program, included within the Older Americans Act. The program supports a number of community-based programs, including respite care, adult day care, counseling services and caregiver training.





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