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Congressman Tom Reed

Representing the 23rd District of New York

Reed Protects Patients, Families, and Caregivers

February 9, 2017
Press Release
Highlights the 21st Century Cures Act

Calling it a time of new hope for diseases like Alzheimer’s, Tom Reed, along with the Alzheimer’s Association, highlighted the 21st Century Cures Act at Clifton Springs Hospital today. This landmark legislation will support the research projects necessary to discover, develop, and deliver life-saving cures and medical treatments. It will have a positive impact on families and caregivers affected by cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and countless other chronic illnesses. 21st Century Cures became law December 13, 2016.

“We care about those who have been dealt an unfair hand in life,” said Tom Reed. “It’s only right that we focus our efforts on finding cures for those who struggle with these terrible diseases.  As we recognize that patients, families, and caregivers need support, we will continue to do whatever we can to target resources to those who need it most.”

“The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to support the 21st Century Cures Act because of its potential to accelerate Alzheimer’s disease research projects at the National Institutes of Health, said Teresa Galbier, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, Rochester and Finger Lakes Chapter. “We applaud Congressman Reed for his passionate and committed advocacy to carry the Alzheimer’s community’s collective voices to Washington and for his staunch support of important Alzheimer’s legislation.”

With $8.75 Billion appropriated in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Reed supports the continued removal of barriers and increase in research collaboration in order to develop innovative therapies for serious and rare diseases. “This allows us to invest heavily in research and to streamline the connection between scientific discovery and drug device development like never before,” said Reed.

Committed to fostering bipartisan cooperation in Washington, Reed sees this as a perfect example of how critical it is to stay focused on working together to get things done. The Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act gained 310 bipartisan cosponsors and has helped push the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide coverage for care planning and support services after a patient is diagnosed. This decision by CMS was a vital step in helping patients and families.

“As a physician, I can tell you first had that the physical, emotional and financial toll Alzheimer’s Disease takes on the individual diagnosed, and on his/her family is often devastating,” said Dustin Riccio, MD, President of the Eastern Region at Rochester Regional Health. “Thank you to the good folks at the Alzheimer’s Association and to Congressman Tom Reed, who have led the charge to create, pass and support legislation that will provide millions in funding for education, access and research for diseases like Alzheimer’s.”

Tom Reed discussed how 21st Century Cures will improve research and healthcare delivery moving  forward and pledged his commitment to ensuring that advances are supported through the appropriations process and carried out effectively by the Administration.