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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Applauds Inclusion of Cognitive Impairment Detection in Healthcare Reform
Date:11/21/2009

Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of cognitive impairment detection as part of the new annual wellness for Medicare beneficiaries in "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" that was introduced last night:

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 21, 2009 -- Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of cognitive impairment detection as part of the new annual wellness for Medicare beneficiaries in "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" that was introduced last night:
    
"On behalf of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and our more than 1,200 member organizations, we thank United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NE), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who spearheaded the provision, for including 'detection of any cognitive impairment' as a component of the new annual wellness visit for Medicare beneficiaries in 'The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.'
    
"AFA originally advocated for inclusion of cognitive screening back in May when the Senate Finance Committee released its second policy options paper. AFA pressed for screening in light of the escalating incidence of Alzheimer's disease among aging Americans and mounting evidence that early diagnosis of memory problems is critical to appropriate treatment, behavioral interventions and support services.
    
"Early detection of memory problems is one of AFA's major national initiatives, and the Senate health reform language comes on the heels of our annual National Memory Screening Day (NMSD). This past Tuesday
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