The House today passed the National Alzheimer's Project Act (N.A.P.A.) co-authored by Representatives Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.), House co-chairs of the Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease. Introduced in February 2010, the National Alzheimer's Project Act would create the National Alzheimer's Project which would coordinate government efforts to prevent and treat the disease and create a national strategy for defeating Alzheimer's.
"The passage today of the National Alzheimer's Project Act is a huge step forward in our battle against the crisis of Alzheimer's disease," Smith said. "With the incredible devastation of over five million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease at an estimated cost of over $170 billion -- numbers expected to skyrocket in coming years without effective interventions -- we need to be sure we are doing everything possible to reverse the course of this disease. By requiring the development of a coordinated, integrated national plan to address Alzheimer's, NAPA will provide the framework to accelerate the development of efficacious treatments and coordinated, comprehensive care."