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Manchin: West Virginia to receive increase in weekly COVID-19 vaccine allocation

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) received an update on the weekly increase in COVID-19 vaccine allocation for West Virginia. Next week, West Virginia will receive an increase of 2,340 Pfizer doses, with the state receiving 56,160 first and second Pfizer doses, and an increase of 3,000 Moderna doses with the state receiving 41,600 first and second Moderna doses.

“As of today, over 24.4% of West Virginians have been fully vaccinated and 33.7% of West Virginians have received at least one dose. This is great news for our state and the safety of our fellow West Virginians. West Virginia is continuing to see an increase in our COVID-19 vaccine dose allocation, which brings our state one step closer to providing vaccines for every West Virginian over the age of 16 who wants one. I will continue to work with the Biden Administration to ensure West Virginia receives additional vaccine doses,” said Senator Manchin.

Capito, Stabenow introduce new bill to improve care for Alzheimer’s patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday in introducing a comprehensive new bill to help families across the country dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. The Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer’s Act would help the 95 percent of individuals with dementia that have one or more other chronic conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.

The bipartisan bill would reduce medical complications for these patients by creating a new way to fund dementia care through Medicare. This new model of managing care can help reduce hospitalizations and emergency department visits and delay nursing home placement, which improves the quality of life for patients and makes treatment more affordable.

“As the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continues to increase, it is vital we look for ways to better care for them,” Senator Capito said. “By enhancing the coordination of this care, we can lessen the burden for patients and their caregivers while reducing health care costs by preventing unnecessary physician visits or duplicate tests. Having been a caregiver for my parents living with Alzheimer’s disease I know how needed this model is.”

“The needs of someone with Alzheimer’s disease and their family members who are caring for them are unique and especially challenging. This bill takes a comprehensive approach in addressing these unique health care needs through innovative planning, high standards of care, support for caregivers and reduced costs,” Senator Stabenow said.

One in 10 seniors in the United States struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to double to 14 million Americans in the next 30 years.

“The introduction of the bipartisan Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer’s Act, is the next step on the path to high-quality dementia care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. For millions of Americans this legislation’s proposed model has the potential to greatly improve dementia care delivery, while reducing costs. On behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), I am grateful to Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Debbie Stabenow as well as to U.S. Reps. Brian Higgins, Darin LaHood, Paul Tonko and Brian Guthrie for introducing this bipartisan legislation and for caring about everyone impacted by dementia. We look forward to working with the cosponsors to grow support for this critical legislation,” Robert Egge, Alzheimer’s Association chief public policy officer and AIM executive director, said.

The Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer’s Act aims to improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease. The bill would:

· Provide comprehensive care management services, including monitoring of additional health conditions, medication management and care coordination.

· Establish high standards of care by evaluating the quality of care provided to patients, including clinical outcomes, patient and caregiver experience, and utilization of care.

· Eliminate cost-sharing for patients and pay providers a monthly amount based on the complexity and quality of the patient’s care. It would allow both large and small providers to participate, including hospitals, community health centers and rural health clinics.

· Ensure that caregivers are supported and able to participate in the coordination and management of care.

· Require outreach to underrepresented populations, as well as culturally appropriate care.

Information provided by the respective offices of Senators Capito and Manchin.