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Cure ADvantage (October 5, 2010): What Health Care Reform Means for the Alzheimer's Community
Right now, more than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, a number that is only expected to increase in the years ahead. I know the pain that Alzheimer's disease can cause - for those diagnosed with it, and for their families and caregivers - which is why my Administration is committed to finding a cure.
Already, we have invested billions of dollars in research; this year alone, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invested nearly $530 million into reseaching Alzheimer's disease - funding that supports some of the finest researchers and scientists in the world. And under the new health care legislation - the Affordable Care Act - we're supporting a "Cures Acceleration Network" within NIH that will award grants and contracts to develop treatments and cures for a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's.
The Affordable Care Act also provides critical support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and the men and women who care for them. It starts by requiring new health insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, to cover preventive services without charging copayments, coinsurance or deductibles. Medicare will also provide seniors with a free annual wellness visit. Both of these steps will help ensure that doctors catch signs of Alzheimer's disease early.