Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 806 on Thursday, an Alzheimer’s healthcare and education bill into law.
The budget signed this month by the Governor included record funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, marking a nearly 60% increase in funding since the Governor took office in 2019.
“Supporting Floridians suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia is an important part of supporting our seniors,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We are working to make sure that any Floridian suffering from this terrible disease can access resources while also supporting innovative technologies that will open up doors for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in the future.”
“The urgency to meaningfully accelerate the pace of medical innovation in this area is clear,” said Maurice R. Ferre M.D., CEO and Chairman, INSIGHTEC. “Improving the lives of patient’s is core to our mission. I am confident that together, we will meaningfully advance the landscape for patients both now and into the future.”
“I want to thank Governor DeSantis and Secretary Branham for their continued support for those living with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders,” said Tanya Miller, Volunteer/Caregiver, Alzheimer’s Association. “My loved ones cannot speak for themselves or perform activities of daily living on their own. They need someone by their sides at all times. Funding Alzheimer’s research provides the opportunity to improve treatments, plans and quality of life and one day, a cure. I am thankful to live in a state that is working to lead the nation for Alzheimer’s care and research.”
Florida’s current budget includes $52.3 million for the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative Program, an increase of $12 million over the previous year. Additionally, $91.7 million is included for the Community Care for the Elderly Program, an increase of $9 million over the previous year. This program assists functionally impaired seniors to remain in the least restrictive, most suitable environment for their needs.