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Toomey Joins Bipartisan Effort to Expand Available Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

September 17, 2019
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is continuing his longstanding effort to support Alzheimer's patients and those that care for them by cosponsoring the Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act.

This bipartisan legislation, originally introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) would qualify individuals with early-onset Alzheimer's for two existing federal programs, the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

"More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care to loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia. This year alone, caregivers will devote 18.5 billion hours and $234 billion providing care. These staggering figures are a testament to the compassion and determination of those caring for patients of Alzheimer's," said Senator Toomey. "Expanding the eligibility of these two federal programs will provide more support for caregivers and patients, and will help ensure they know they are not alone." 

Background

National Family Caregiver Support Program
• Under this program, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) provides grants to states and territories to:

  • Provide information to caregivers about available services
  • Assist caregivers in accessing available services
  • Provide individual counseling, organizing of support groups, and caregiver training
  • Provide respite care

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
• Investigates and resolves complaints of residents in long-term care facilities