Congressman Peter Roskam has always made supporting the elderly affected by Alzheimer’s and their caretakers a top priority. For years, he’s helped increase funding for research and sponsored meaningful legislation, including the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act and the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). Congressman Roskam also initiated a social media campaign inviting caretakers to share the challenges they face in dealing with privacy restrictions under the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
“Caring for elderly parents is a labor of love, demanding a special kind of compassion and courage,” said Representative Peter Roskam. “The last thing caretakers need is the burden of navigating obscure HIPAA privacy rules that prevent them from accessing vital health information for the Alzheimer’s patients they look after. I will continue to fight for legislation that remedies these challenges and improves the care of Alzheimer’s patients all across our country.”
In 2016, Congressman Roskam was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Alzheimer’s Association.