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Congressman Pete King Meets With  Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer's is a deadly, debilitating disease which afflicts more than 5.4 million Americans, including 390,000 New Yorkers, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is a progressive brain disorder which damages and eventually destroys brain cells. There is no known cure. It is also the most expensive disease, costing an estimated $236 billion in 2016. By mid-century the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to triple and the costs quadruple to $1.1 trillion. I just met in my Massapequa Park office with Douglas Davidson, who is the Executive Director of the Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and Sally Ann Marchese, of West Islip, who is the newly designated Ambassador between the Association and my office. Sally Ann cares for her father who suffers from Alzheimer's. We discussed legislative measures in Congress, all of which I strongly support, including: (1) increasing funding for Alzheimer's by $400 million; (2) co-sponsoring the HOPE Act (HR 1559) to provide Medicare coverage for comprehensive care planning services -- for both the patient and caregiver -- following a dementia diagnosis; and (3) co-sponsoring the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 3119) to increase palliative care and hospice training for health care professionals. Alzheimer's devastates those who suffer from it and causes severe economic costs and emotional suffering to family members. Every effort must be made to continue and increase the effort to combat this disease and find a cure!!

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With all of the partisan political struggles that get media attention every day, it is important to remember that America and the world face constant critical and possibly existential threats.

Even more than Islamist terrorism, there is the severe threat of cyber attacks from Russia, Iran, China and international criminal enterprises. At the annual "Worldwide Threats" hearing, the leaders of America's Intelligence Community emphasized the necessity of protecting our critical defense, intelligence and industrial critical infrastructure from governmental and non-state hackers. As we saw in the 2016 elections there are the propaganda and surreptitious attacks on our democratic process.

Of course threats from a nuclear armed North Korea, a potential nuclear armed Iran, an expansion China and a resurgent Russia remain as do the ever deadly Islamist terrorist threats from ISIS, Al Qaeda and their offshoots and splinter groups.

We must face the reality that we live in an extremely dangerous world which is why it is vital that the Trump Administration continue to rebuild our military and we make sure that our intelligence agencies receive all the funding and all the moral support they need and deserve to protect Americans at home and American interests around the world. God Bless America!!

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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