Sen. Moran Holds Senate Appropriations Hearing on Alzheimer’s with Former Kansas Rep. Dennis Moore and Actor Seth Rogen
Hearing Examines Economic Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and Current State of Research to Prevent and Treat Disease
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, held a hearing Wednesday titled “Taking a Toll on Families and the Economy: The Rising Cost of Alzheimer’s in America.” The hearing examined the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease – both economic and personal – and the state of current research initiatives.
More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is expected to cost $203 billion this year, with $142 billion covered by the federal government through Medicare and Medicaid. A study last year by the RAND Corporation stated that the cost of dementia care is projected to double over the next 30 years, surpassing health care expenses for both heart disease and cancer. Without a way to prevent or effectively treat Alzheimer’s, it will be difficult – if not impossible – to rein in our nation’s health care costs. Sen. Moran is committed to working with Congress on prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure.
The hearing included four expert witnesses who are leading the effort to defeat Alzheimer’s, and two individuals who shared personal testimony:
- Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., National Institutes of Health Director
- Richard J. Hodes, M.D., National Institute on Aging Director
- Story C. Landis, Ph.D., National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke Director
- Michael D. Hurd, Ph.D., RAND Center for the Study of Aging Director
- Former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore (D-Kan.)
- Mr. Seth Rogen, Alzheimer’s Association Celebrity Champion
Sen. Moran invited his friend and former colleague, Congressman Dennis Moore to share his personal testimony at the hearing. Rep. Moore was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in June 2011, after serving Kansas’ Third District from 1999-2011.