$100 million increase for Alzheimer's research approved by Senate panel

A Senate spending panel voted in favor of a $100 million increase in funding for Alzheimer's disease research for fiscal year 2015. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved the bill June 10.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, the National Institutes of Health spends just $100 on Alzheimer's research for every $26,500 Medicaid and Medicare puts toward memory care and support. However, Science Mag reported that the NIH budget is increasing as well to $30.5 billion in fiscal year 2015. President Obama had requested a $211 million growth in funding for the NIH, but the Senate supported a full $605.7 million jump, a 2 percent increase over current funding levels.

The Alzheimer's Association specifically recognized Chairman Tom Harkin from Iowa and ranking member Jerry Moran from Kansas who played large parts in the plan for spending.

The spending bill still has quite a journey through Congress before becoming official. First it must be approved by the Senate as a whole then go through a series of compromises based on the House Appropriations Committee. It's uncertain when final decisions regarding a budget for fiscal year 2015 will be announced.