Alzheimer's research to get $400 million boost in Senate bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to propose a $400 million increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

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Alzheimer’s has drawn growing bipartisan concern over the sharply growing costs of caring for people with the disease. 

Finding a treatment or cure for the disease could save money in the long term, argue advocates for increased NIH funding, such as former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

The new funding comes as part of a bipartisan push from Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity GOP group targets McConnell over election security bills in new ad MORE (R-Mo.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe Democrats demand Trump officials withdraw rule on transgender health The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE (D-Wash.) to increase NIH funding, the group said. 

The $400 million increase comes on top of the current $991 million in NIH funding for Alzheimer’s. The boost puts the Alzheimer’s Association more than halfway toward its goal of $2 billion per year in funding. 

“If signed into law, today’s funding increase will mark an important milestone in Alzheimer’s research - bringing us past the halfway mark toward the funding level experts agree is necessary to end this epidemic,” Robert Egge, Chief Public Policy Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, said in a statement. 

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s, according to the Association, yet there is no treatment.