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posted 12-11-2002 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for katharille     Edit/Delete Message


Contact Him Today!

Call 202-456-1111 or email resident@whitehouse.gov

By January 10, 2003

The current stalemate in Washington over federal spending is jeopardizing increased funding for Alzheimer research. Unless the
current budget impasse is broken soon, hopes for any research breakthroughs against Alzheimer's will have to be postponed.

Legislation that funds Alzheimer research (Labor-HHS appropriations)was left behind when Congress adjourned. Congress will return to work in early January to face this unfinished business as well as other pressing issues,including homeland security and a potential war with Iraq.

Without the leadership of President Bush, other issues could overshadow Alzheimer research funding. Contact President Bush and ask for his leadership to convince Congress to pass the Labor-HHS appropriations bill with a significant increase in funding for
Alzheimer research.

Tell President Bush:

* Alzheimer research is an investment that will save millions of lives and tens of billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid.

* We are in a race against time. As many as 14 million baby boomers will get Alzheimer's disease unless we find answers soon.

* People with Alzheimer's are the most expensive part of Medicare and Medicaid. 14 million baby boomers with the disease will bankrupt both programs.

* A stalemate over the Labor-HHS appropriations bill means research discoveries that may be right around the corner will be postponed or perhaps lost forever. Scientists have already found that delaying the onset of AD by as little as five years could cut in half the number
of people with the disease and reduce the annual cost of AD by more than $50 billion.

Questions about this ALERT? Contact Mike Splaine Mike.Splaine@alz.org) or Jennifer Zeitzer (Jennifer.Zeitzer@alz.org).


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