Congresswoman Waters Supports Omnibus Appropriations Bill’s Increased Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Programs to Assist Caregivers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, announced her support of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill’s inclusion of robust funding for Alzheimer’s disease research, programs for Alzheimer’s caregivers and the Minority AIDS Initiative. This bill funds these initiatives for Fiscal Year 2016.
Despite the fact that Congresswoman Waters did not agree with all of the allocations in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, she is appreciative of the additional funding for Alzheimer’s disease initiatives due to the work she has done to obtain additional resources to help Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers.
“I have fought for additional resources for the Alzheimer’s disease research and caregivers throughout the year. I am pleased that my colleagues in Congress have voted to ensure that Alzheimer’s disease initiatives are top priorities,” said Congresswoman Waters.
The omnibus bill allocates $936 million for Alzheimer’s disease research at the National Institutes of Health in Fiscal Year 2016, an increase of $350 million over the Fiscal Year 2015 level.
The Congresswoman has fiercely advocated for additional funding and resources for Alzheimer’s disease research. Congresswoman Waters, Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) and Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3) sent a letter to appropriators requesting a substantial increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research, and it was signed by a total of 63 Members of Congress.
The omnibus bill also includes funding for the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSPP), which aids families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease. ADSSP funds competitive grants to states to expand evidence-based interventions and long-term services to help patients with dementia and their caregivers.
Last March, Congresswoman Waters and Congressman Christopher Smith circulated a letter in support of this program, which was signed by 21 Members of Congress.
“I was pleased to learn that funding for this program was increased by more than 25 percent, from $3.8 million in fiscal year 2015 to $4.8 million in fiscal year 2016,” said Congresswoman Waters.
In addition, the omnibus bill appropriates $14.7 million for the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative - Specialized Supportive Services program. This initiative provides specialized, person-centered services that help caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients to remain independent and safe in their communities. This initiative was launched in 2011 with a new website – alzheimers.gov – and a variety of outreach materials were developed. The initiative will continue to promote the new website to caregivers and associated organizations using materials already developed.
Congresswoman Waters added, “I am focused on ensuring that caregivers have the support they need. Caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s is exhausting and draining, and this initiative will give families support as they deal with this debilitating disease.”