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Editor's Note: For this special theme issue only, View From the Hill focuses on Alzheimer's disease and Dementia issues. These bills were making their way through Congress as of June 11, 2003.

Bill: H.R. 1138

Title: Alzheimer's Disease Research, Prevention and Care Act of 2003

Summary: Expands the duties of the National Institute on Aging by making Alzheimer's disease research a priority. Requires the NIA to accelerate the discovery of new risk and protective factors, rapidly identifying therapies and preventive interventions, and implementing effective prevention and treatment strategies; conduct and support cooperative clinical research regarding Alzheimer's; and conduct, or make grants to conduct, research concerning early detection and diagnosis, the relationship between Alzheimer's and vascular disease, and interventions designed to help caregivers. Companion bill to S. 566.

Sponsors: Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass.; Christopher Smith, D-S.D.

Status: Referred to the House Subcommittee on Health for further consideration.

Bill: S. 566

Title: Alzheimer's Disease Research, Prevention and Care Act of 2003

Summary: Expands the purposes of the National Institute on Aging by making Alzheimer's disease research a priority. Requires the NIA to accelerate the discovery of new risk and protective factors, rapidly identifying therapies and preventive interventions, and implementing effective prevention and treatment strategies; conduct and support cooperative clinical research regarding Alzheimer's; and conduct, or make grants to conduct, research concerning early detection and diagnosis, the relationship between Alzheimer's and vascular disease, and interventions designed to help caregivers. Companion bill to H.R. 1138.

Sponsors: Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Christopher Bond, R-Mo.; John Breaux, D-La.; Christopher Dodd, D-Ct.; Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.; Paul Sarbanes, D-Md.

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for further consideration.

Bill: H.R. 2337

Title: Pilot Program for Veterans' Private Medical Care

Summary: Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a pilot program to determine the effectiveness of contracting for the use of private memory care facilities for veterans with Alzheimer's Disease.

Sponsors: Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-N.Y.

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs for further consideration.

Bill: H.R. 1340

Title: Medicare Mental Health Modernization Act of 2003

Summary: Amends the Social Security Act to eliminate the lifetime limits on inpatient mental health services; parity in treatment for outpatient mental health services; coverage of intensive residential services under Medicare part A (Hospital Insurance) and of intensive outpatient services under Medicare part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance); exclusion of clinical social worker services from coverage under the Medicare skilled nursing facility prospective payment system; and coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under Medicare. Companion bill to S. 646.

Sponsors: Reps. Fortney Pete Stark, D-Calif.; Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii; Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y.; Chris Bell, D-Texas; Shelley Berkley, D-Nev.; Robert Brady, D-Pa.; Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.; Brad Carson, D-Okla.; 48 others.

Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health for future consideration.

Bill: S. 646

Title: Medicare Mental Health Modernization Act of 2003

Summary: Amends the Social Security Act to eliminate the lifetime limits on inpatient mental health services; parity in treatment for outpatient mental health services; coverage of intensive residential services under Medicare part A (Hospital Insurance) and of intensive outpatient services under Medicare part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance); exclusion of clinical social worker services from coverage under the Medicare skilled nursing facility prospective payment system; and coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under Medicare. Companion bill to H.R. 1340.

Sponsors: Sens. Jon Corzine, D-NJ.; Jeff Bingaman, D-NM.; Thomas Daschle, D-S.D.; Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.; Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; Tim Johnson, D-S.D.; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; four others.

Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance for further consideration.

Bill: H.R. 1083

Title: Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2003

Summary: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, to award grants or cooperative agreements to develop statewide lifespan respite care programs, including Alzheimer-related. Defines "lifespan respite care" to mean a coordinated system of accessible community-based respite care services for family caregivers regardless of the individual's age, race, ethnicity or special need.

Sponsors: Reps. James Langevin, R-R.I.; Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii; Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y.; Thomas Allen, D-Maine; Shelley Berkley, D-Nev.; Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y.; Robert Brady, D-Pa.; 65 others.

Status: Referred to the House Subcommittee on Health for further consideration.

Bill: H.R. 2241

Title: Positive Again Act of 2003

Summary: Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Center for Mental Health Services, to make grants for evidence-based demonstration projects to integrate mental health services for older patients into primary care settings. Requires inclusion of collaborative care, screening services, referrals, and protocols for prevalent mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, dementia and substance abuse.

Sponsors: Reps. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I.; Anibal Acevedo-Vila, D-P.R.; Martin Frost, D-Texas; Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; Dale Kildee, D-Mich., Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; eight others. Status; Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for further consideration.

Bill: S. 556

Title: Indian Health Care Improvement Act Reauthorization of 2003

Summary: Amends the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise requirements for health care programs and services for Indians, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations. Allows Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and Alaska Native health organizations that contract or compact for the operation of a hospital IHS clinic or Alzheimer's facility, to directly bill and receive reimbursement for health care services provided for which payment is made under Medicare and Medicaid of the Social Security Act or from any other third-party payor. Directs the Secretary, acting through the IHS and Indian tribes and tribal organizations, to consolidate certain existing programs into a new program of comprehensive behavioral and mental health, prevention, treatment, and aftercare for Indian tribes.

Sponsors: Sens. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo.; Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; John McCain, R-Ariz.

Status: Hearings held in Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; further consideration underway.

Bill: S. 333

Title: The Elder Justice Act

Summary: A reintroduced version of last year's S. 2933, this bill amends the Social Security Act by adding the section "Elder Justice," under which definitions are given for abuse, elder, direct care, long term care, long term care facility, caregiver, exploitation, vulnerable adult, neglect and law enforcement as they apply to elderly persons. The bill also defines bodily injury and criminal sexual abuse as they pertain to senior citizens, and establishes an Elder Justice Coordinating Council to examine the problem of abuse of the elderly.

Sponsors: Sens. John B. Breaux, D-La., Max Baucus, D-Mont., Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo., Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., 10 others.

Status: Under consideration by Senate Committee on Finance.
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