Letter to the Editor: Senators show Alzheimer's leadership
January 18, 2024
2023 was arguably the most significant year in advancing care for 10,000 Wyomingites and nearly 7 million Americans living with Alzheimerâ€™s disease, and Wyoming Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis each played important roles in that progress.
Both Wyoming senators were instrumental in ensuring that people living with Alzheimerâ€™s can have access to FDA-approved treatments by signing a letter urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider its requirements limiting access.
In addition, Sen. Barrasso cosponsored the bipartisan Comprehensive Care for Alzheimerâ€™s Act, which aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, reduce strain on unpaid caregivers, and help people remain in their homes and communities through a package of care coordination and management, caregiver education and support, and respite services.
Sen. Lummis has similarly been a strong advocate for Wyomingites with dementia and their caregivers. She cosponsored the NAPA Reauthorization Act, which continues the great work made possible through the National Alzheimerâ€™s Project Act and progress in the treatment and research of Alzheimerâ€™s. This has led to a seven-fold increase in Alzheimerâ€™s research funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
She also cosponsored the Alzheimerâ€™s Accountability & Investment Act, which enables Congress to hear directly from NIH scientists on how much research funding is needed to make definitive progress in preventing and effectively treating Alzheimerâ€™s.
The Alzheimerâ€™s Association applauds the efforts of Sen. Barrasso and Sen. Lummis. Their advocacy on behalf of those living with Alzheimerâ€™s is inspiring and much needed.
Public Policy Manager
Alzheimerâ€™s Association of Wyoming