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King And Suozzi Introduce Alzheimer's Research and Caregiving Legislation

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Two Long Island congressmen announced bipartisan legislation to increase federal funding for Alzheimer's disease research.

U.S. Representatives Tom Suozzi and Peter King sponsored the legislation. 

The bill would create a fund for treatment and clinical research, and caregiver services. 

Taxpayers would have the option to make a voluntary contribution to this fund on their federal income tax returns.

About 78,000 people in Connecticut and 50,000 on Long Island live with Alzheimer’s, and thousands more are caregivers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect those numbers to triple by 2060.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.