LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the Special Committee on Aging, and founder of the Senate bipartisan Comprehensive Care Caucus, participated in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Las Vegas.
“As a former caregiver for my aging parents and in-laws, I have seen firsthand the effect that Alzheimer’s has on patients and their families,” said Senator Rosen. “I took part in today’s event to support those who participated, to celebrate the many caregivers who care for those diagnosed, and to honor those who are affected. I will continue working to improve access to affordable, quality health care for Nevadans and to support resources and programs that will address, and one day cure, this disease.”
BACKGROUND: Recently, Senator Rosen joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct an outreach campaign to educate clinicians, Medicare beneficiaries with cognitive impairment, and their families on the assessment and care planning services currently available to them.
In July, Senator Rosen launched the bipartisan Comprehensive Care Caucus, with co-chairs Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Deb Fischer (R-NE). The Caucus will work to expand access to palliative care, which is specialized medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Earlier this year, Rosen co-sponsored the bipartisan Improving HOPE (Health, Outcomes, Planning, and Education) for Alzheimer’s Act, legislation that would work to increase the utilization of care planning resources among Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers.
Last Congress, then-Congresswoman Rosen co-sponsored the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, bipartisan legislation to provide funding to state and public health departments to implement effective interventions to promote early detection and diagnosis and reduce risk. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act was signed into law this past December.