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Alzheimer's Advocates Pushing for National Plan

April 26, 2012
About 750 Alzheimer's Association advocates were in Washington this week as part of a larger effort to push the government to implement the soon-to-be-released National Alzheimer's Plan.

The administration is set to release the National Alzheimer's Plan in early May, outlining its proposals to combat the disease, Robert Egge, the vice president of public policy at the Alzheimer's Association, told the Alley. The advocates held about 450 meetings with members of Congress and their staff on Wednesday to discuss the importance of the plan and to try to build support for a bill, the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act.

"We want to make sure this plan is a strong plan that's meaningfully implemented and has the necessary support of the administration and of Congress," Egge said.

Ahead of the Hill visits, the association took out ads in Beltway publications, on cable news and online. It created an online petition that more than 226,000 people have signed and is encouraging its advocates to meet with their representatives when they are back in their districts about funding the plan.

The Hill visits coincided with the association's 24th annual advocacy forum, which a record number of advocates attended this year.

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