Alzheimer’s Disease: Federal Action Update

(Alzheimer’s Association) On May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace large parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Senate is now working on its own legislative proposal to reform the health care system, with the goal of passing a bill by August.

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) have called on Congress to preserve access to Medicaid services for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and provide affordable access to health care for individuals with pre-existing conditions like Alzheimer’s. Medicaid is the only public program that covers the long-term nursing home stays that most people with dementia require in the late stages of the disease. Medicaid also covers home and community-based services which are critical for people with dementia, particularly in the early and middle stages of the disease.

As members of the U.S. Senate work to draft this legislation, they need to hear from you.

Today, more than one in four seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are on Medicaid. Any legislation must preserve this essential safety net. Additionally, legislation must ensure that individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias have pre-existing condition protections that safeguard continued access to affordable health care.

Tell your Senators to support individuals living with Alzheimer’s now!

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease®.

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