SB 999

86(R) - 2019
Senate Health & Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services
Health & Human Services

Companion Bill

HB 1915

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Donna Campbell

Bill Caption

Relating to a state plan for education on and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Fiscal Notes

According to the Legislative Budget Board, no significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 999 would amend the Health and Safety Code by adding Chapter 99 which concerns the State's plan to address Alzheimer's disease. The Department of State Health Services would be required to seek comments from interested parties, review and modify the state plan by improving early detection of, reducing disease onset risks for, and (1) improving treatment of Alzheimer's disease for specific demographic groups; (2) educating health care professionals, caregivers, and the public to increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease; (3) providing caregiver support; (4) advancing basic science and applied research related to Alzheimer's disease; and (5) collecting and evaluating information on efforts to prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease.

Vote Recommendation Notes

It is not the proper role of state government to address this issue which is best addressed by private, philanthropic organizations and relevant professional associations within the medical community. For reference, a list of leading private organizations dedicated to Alzheimer's-related research, prevention, and treatment can be found here. It is also worth noting that the federal government has already instituted a national plan to combat Alzheimer's. Information on that program can be found here. SB 999 violates the principle of limited government by instituting a new program outside of the proper core function of state government and duplicating efforts already being undertaken by the federal government and private charitable organizations. For these reasons we oppose SB 999.