Robert J. Egge

Robert J. Egge is the Alzheimer’s Association’s Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy. 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.

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 […]

Mar 072010
 

Excitement started to build as advocates rolled into Washington, D.C. today for the Alzheimer’s Association Action Summit. Advocates have come from as far away as Alaska, others from nearby Maryland. They all have one thing in common: they’re all passionate about making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s. While working at registration today we heard story after story about the devastating affects of this disease. We have also heard amazing stories of hope and […]

Jan 292010
 

This week President Obama delivered his first State of the Union to Congress, which highlighted the ongoing health care reform debate on Capitol Hill. As this debate carries on, the Alzheimer’s Association will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that, as Alzheimer’s advocates, your voice is heard in Washington. Now is not the time to rest, but to continue our commitment to passing reform that works for families affected by Alzheimer’s. Please take a moment […]

Nov 132009
 

When the Breakthrough Act was introduced in 2007, it took 19 months to gain 92 cosponsors and the bill was never brought to a vote. The Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act (S.1492/H.R.3286) was reintroduced in July. Over the last five months, efforts by Alzheimer advocates have helped bring 101 cosponsors to support this bill. Although we still have a long way to go in the process of the Breakthrough Act becoming law, we need to keep up […]

Oct 262009
 

It’s a busy time in Washington. In addition to health care reform, Congress is busy finishing the Appropriations bills in both the House and the Senate. We want to make sure the bills include funding for Alzheimer’s disease research at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH) and funding for the Healthy Brain Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Write your members of Congress and urge them to support Alzheimer’s research. Check out our […]

Oct 152009
 
Annual Reagan Run

We had the privilege this week of visiting with some outstanding Alzheimer’s advocates from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania – the Beta Mu Chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. On Columbus Day, these students completed their annual Reagan Run, in honor of Ronald Reagan, one of their more famous brothers. The run took them from the steps of their campus to the front lawn of the White House. For more information on the Ronald Reagan […]

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