The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act is the latest attempt by the federal government to address the growing health crisis that is Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, Alzheimer’s costs more to treat than any other disease in the country at an estimated $277 billion in 2018 alone, including $186 billion in Medicare and Medicaid costs.
About the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act
Recently, both houses of Congress overwhelmingly approved the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, which is designed to prioritize funding for the improved prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. This act designates that Alzheimer’s Disease is a public health crisis that must be treated as such, as the number of Americans suffering from the disease is expected to rise to approximately 14 million by the middle of the 21st century.
The passage of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act was celebrated by medical and healthcare organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), and the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The drafting of the bill was spearheaded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in an effort to secure additional resources for medical facilities, caregivers, and patients as they attempt to fight the effects of the condition.
How this law will affect Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers
For patients, the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act will serve many important purposes, including improving early detection efforts and making strides in advancing innovative cognitive health measures. The legislation is vital for the efforts of caregivers as well because it allocates specific funds to state and local health organizations to help caregivers working with Alzheimer’s patients achieve their treatment goals.
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