Legislative News – Jan. 10: House honors Dr. Salloway; RI Project Sustainability Study Commission to meet

House honors Dr. Salloway and the volunteers who participated in clinical trial of new Alzheimer’s drug

STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives today passed two resolutions honoring neurologist Dr. Stephen Salloway along with 60 volunteers who participated in the clinical trial of a new Alzheimer’s drug at Butler Hospital. The resolutions (2020-H 70642020-H 7068) were introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston).

There are an estimated 23,000 Rhode Islanders age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease — about 17.4 percent of that population, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. With the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, the rate of Alzheimer’s is expected to increase. In just six years, the number is expected to increase to 27,000. In the United States, nearly one in every three seniors who die has Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

During his tenure as the director of the Memory and Aging Program at Rhode Island’s Butler Hospital, Dr. Salloway has made numerous advancements in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, including most recently trials for an investigative drug called Aducanumab, which is on an FDA fast track to becoming the first new drug approved in 16 years that actually targets the disease.

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“Rhode Island should be proud and grateful for the work Dr. Salloway has done in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Representative McNamara, who chairs the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare. “Because of his work and the 60 volunteers at Butler Hospital who agreed to take part in the clinical trials, we now have a drug that has been shown to effect a slower decline in the memory of patients and better preservation of day-to-day functions.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Sen. DiPalma’s RI Project Sustainability Study Commission to meet Tuesday, January 14

STATE HOUSE – The Special Legislative Commission to Study and Evaluate the Impact of “Project Sustainability” in the State of Rhode Island will be meeting on Tuesday, January 14 at 2:30 pm in the Senate Lounge of the State House.  The commission is chaired by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Tiverton, Newport).

Project Sustainability, which was enacted in the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals’ (BHDDH) FY2012 budget, is the fee-for-service reimbursement and payment system for Medicaid supported adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The commission will review findings and discuss recommendations based upon their work.

The 19-member commission consists of Senator DiPalma as chairman, two consumer advocates, several representatives from BHDDH and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, other patient advocates, and representatives from different service providers.

Public comment will be taken at the meeting.

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