CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S. 3036 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, under a suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass. Sen. Bayh (D-IN) introduced S. 3036 on February 24, 2010, and the Senate approved it by unanimous consent on December 8, 2010.
S. 3036 would create the National Alzheimer's Project and an Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services within the Department of Health and Human Services.
The purpose of the project is to: (1) accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt, or reverse the course of Alzheimer's, (2) create and maintain an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer's, (3) help to coordinate the health care and treatment of citizens with Alzheimer's, (4) ensure the inclusion of ethnic and racial populations that are at higher risk for Alzheimer's or that are least likely to receive care in clinical, research, and service efforts with the purpose of decreasing health disparities, (5) coordinate with international bodies to integrate and inform the fight against Alzheimer's globally, and (6) improve early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Advisory Council would submit an initial evaluation of all federally funded Alzheimer’s efforts and recommendations to reduce the financial impact of Alzheimer’s on Medicare and families. After the initial report, the Advisory Council would submit an annual report to Congress until 2025, when the council terminates. In addition, the Secretary of HHS would submit an annual report to Congress evaluating efforts to improve, prevent, diagnose, and treat Alzheimer’s.
Some members may be concerned that S. 3036 creates a new government program that could cost taxpayers $2 million.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing S. 3036 would increase spending by $2 million over five years.