Robert J. Egge

Robert J. Egge is the Alzheimer's Association's Chief Public Policy Officer. With specific policy and analytical experience in Alzheimer's and other related healthcare issues, Mr. Egge leads the Association’s efforts to elevate Alzheimer's as a critical federal and state government priority and implement policies to better serve those affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Chief among these priorities is increasing federal funding for research and care programs, while also advancing Alzheimer's disease policy planning and coordination at the federal and state levels.

Nov 142016
 
Relief for Thousands Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Today, there are an estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. And while most people associate the disease with old age, the fact is there are 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 living with it today. As with all forms of the disease, early-onset Alzheimer’s is a progressive, terminal disease, which cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Since the onset can occur in people as early as in their 30s and 40s […]

Aug 232016
 
NIH Releases Second Alzheimer’s Professional Judgment Budget

This summer has been filled with positive advancements towards increased federal Alzheimer’s research funding in the House and the Senate for FY17. And, in August, Alzheimer’s champions received another reason to celebrate when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended a $414 million increase in spending on Alzheimer’s disease research above NIH’s base appropriation for Fiscal Year 2018. Were this provided next year on top of what Congress is on track to provide this year, that […]

Aug 232016
 
Without Action, Alzheimer’s Will Overwhelm Federal Budget by 2050 – Part III

This is the final piece of a three part series on the need to act decisively to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. Part one reviewed the fiscal imperative to address the Alzheimer’s crisis, while part two addressed the research needs and opportunities. THE PEOPLE’S IMPERATIVE The public is increasingly aware of the need for action. A nationwide survey the Alzheimer’s Association fielded in 2015 found that voters view Alzheimer’s disease as a significant priority. The survey […]

Aug 222016
 
Without Action, Alzheimer’s Will Overwhelm Federal Budget by 2050 – Part II

This is part two of a three-part series on the need to act decisively to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. Part one reviewed the fiscal imperative to address the Alzheimer’s crisis, while part three reveals public opinion on the need for government to act. The Research Imperative The federal government has taken several important steps in recent years to address this looming crisis. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), passed unanimously by Congress in December 2010 and […]

Aug 092016
 
Without Action, Alzheimer's Will Overwhelm Federal Budget by 2050 - Part I

This is part one of a three-part series on the need to act decisively to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. Part two addresses the research needs and opportunities. Part three reveals public opinion on the need for government to act. In the three seconds it takes you to read this sentence, taxpayers will have spent more than $15,000 on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Within the hour, the cost will reach $18.3 million. Our nation’s entitlement programs […]

May 052011
 

Congress has created a new Peer-Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research program at the Department of Defense.  The program was included in the federal spending bill signed by the president on April 15, 2011.  While countless programs received funding reductions, including a $260 million cut for the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s community secured a significant victory for Alzheimer’s research in the finalized spending bill. The Peer-Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research program created by Congress at the Department of […]

Aug 062010
 

Alzheimer’s champions in Congress are close to pushing the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) through in the remaining months of this year, and now they need your help. They have the momentum, but they will only finish the job if their colleagues – your Senators and your Representatives – hear from you, your family and your friends. Some members of Congress have told us they haven’t heard from constituents about why the passage of NAPA […]

May 182010
 

We’ve always known that Alzheimer’s disease is expensive. It costs families precious time with their loved ones. It costs people their lives. But the costs to Medicare and Medicaid are also devastating. This morning, we released Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: A National Imperative. a report that examines how in the absence of disease-modifying treatments, the cumulative costs of care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias from 2010 to 2050 […]

Mar 302010
 

What do Australia, South Korea and the Netherlands have in common? They are among the growing number of countries that have realized Alzheimer’s disease will overwhelm their healthcare systems if left unchecked – and they are all preparing to do something about it. Each of these countries is developing a national plan to fight the disease. So far, the United States has not; it’s time to change that. Three weeks ago, our congressional allies introduced […]

Mar 082010
 

Last night’s Candlelight Tribute Rally was incredible – it was a beautiful night and a powerful way to remember why we’re all here and get invigorated for what lies ahead. We heard personal stories from advocates Leslie Walker and Steve Hume and then a call to action by David Hyde Pierce. He truly brought out the VOICE of the crowd. This morning we heard from veteran political strategist, author and educator Donna Brazile, who gave […]

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