FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 24, 2009
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Congratulates Senate on Passage of Healthcare Reform Act; Applauds Inclusion of Key Provisions to Assist Dementia Population
NEW YORK, NY— The following is a statement by Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), in response to the United States Senate's passage today of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“On behalf of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), and our more than 1,200 member organizations, we congratulate United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and all members of the United States Senate who voted to pass The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“AFA believes The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes several provisions that will be particularly helpful to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their family caregivers. We supported these provisions from the beginning of the Senate's effort and are grateful to see them included in the final bill:
“In addition, AFA was proud to support Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) amendment that prohibits insurers from dropping coverage because an individual chooses to participate in a clinical trial and from denying coverage for routine care that they would otherwise provide just because an individual is enrolled in a clinical trial for the treatment of life-threatening diseases. AFA was one of 85 organizations and the only Alzheimer's disease-related group that supported this amendment.
“We congratulate the Senate for its historic vote, and we look forward to working with members of the Senate and House of Representatives as the process moves forward to final passage of health reform.”
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of more than 1,200 member organizations nationwide that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families. AFA’s services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine and professional training. For information, call (toll-free) 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg