In a letter made public Thursday, Senators urged President Trump to demonstrate his support by bolstering the funding request for Alzheimer's in his fiscal 2019 budget request expected in March, according to the Washington Examiner.
Funding would be distributed to the National Institutes of Health, which awards grants for medical research. NIH spends about $640 million a year on research. In comparison, the U.S. spends $259 billion a year caring for people with Alzheimer's, including $175 billion for government-funded Medicare and Medicaid.
Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death, and its numbers are rising as the baby boomer generation ages. No effective prevention, treatment, or cure exists.
"Although we have made progress in increasing funding, Alzheimer's research funding remains disproportionately low compared to its human and economic toll," the senators wrote in a letter to Trump.
Read the full story at the Washington Examiner's website.