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Save the Date!  2012 Alzheimer's Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol will be Monday, February 13, 2012. 

Tentative Schedule:                                                                                                                           

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Drop-In Lunch--Advocates with Legislators--Central Presbyterian Church

12:15 p.m.                     Kickoff Program--Central Presbyterian Church

   1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Legislator Visits--Capitol

   5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.   Closing/Candlelight Tribute Rally--Capitol Steps--Washington Street

Check back soon for training details.

 

National Alzheimer's Project Act Town Hall Meeting--Thank you for joining us and providing input during the National Alzheimer's Project Town Hall Georgia Input Session on Saturday, August 13!  187 Georgians from across the state joined us--many provided verbal input and many others provided written input.  To see a summary of the Georgia Input Session, please click here. 

If you were unable to attend one of the sessions, or for more information on NAPA, you may go to the Association's NAPA website and comment online at  www.alz.org/NAPA.

New Alzheimer's Ambassador Named:

Our National Public Policy Office in Washington, DC, which initiated the Alzheimer’s Ambassador Program, has named a new Alzheimer's Ambassadors from Georgia--Gary EklundGary will serve as Ambassador to Congressman Tom Price.  He joins Carolne Smith--Rome, Dianna Massey--Norcross, Bob Oxford--DaltonJim Williams--Smyrna, Atlanta Councilperson Felicia Moore--Atlanta in becoming the face of the Alzheimer's Association to Georgia's federal elected officials.  

The role of the ambassador is to become the face of the Alzheimer's Association by meeting with either the elected official or his staff quarterly, to keep the dialogue going about Alzheimer's. 

Current federal priorities include:

  •   The Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act (H.R. 1897)—this bill would:
    •  Make Alzheimer's research a priority at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by
      • pursuing emerging scientific and research opportunities
      • adopting the research recommendations from the forthcoming National Alzheimer's Plan.
    • Create public-private partnerships to develop treatments and a cure.
    • Require the leadership at NIH to p rovide the funding necessary to get the job done--or explain to Congress why they are not.
  •    The Health Outcomes, Plnaning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act (S. 738/H.R. 1386)—this bill would:
    • Provide Medicare coverage for a package of services, including:
      • clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease;
      • care planning to provide those with the disease and their caregivers infomraiton about medical and non-medical options for treatment and support services;
    • Require documentation of the diagnostic evaluation and any care planning provided in an individual's primary medical record. 

Interested in looking up Federal or GA Legislation?  These two sites will help:

For Federal Legislation, such as Health Care Reform:

  • Thomas: Legislative Information
    A service from the U.S. Library of Congress. Includes a schedule of current floor activities in Congress, documentation of all major legislation, summaries of bills and their status, text of the Congressional Record, committee reports, and home pages. Provides information about other Congressional Internet sites, Library of Congress Web links and a directory of e-mail addresses for members of Congress.
    See: http://thomas.loc.gov/

For Georgia Legislation:

  • To check the status of a bill in the Georgia Legislature, or to see a photo of your GA state senator or GA state representative, go to:  www.legis.state.ga.us.  On the left-hand menu bar, click on "Search Legislation" to find a specific bill.  On the same menu bar, click on "Picture Book," to find a photo of your legislator.  It sometimes takes a little time for the picture book to be updated during the first year of the two-year session.