Gov. Scott Signs Bills On Alzheimer’s, Cancer Centers

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) -A trio of health care-related bills received Governor Rick Scott’s signature on Wednesday.

Two bills address Alzheimer’s and other memory-robbing diseases, while the third creates the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program at the Department of Health.

The consortium will be charged with allocating money, estimated by the governor’s office at about $60 million a year, to Florida’s cancer centers.

Of the bills dealing with memory-related diseases, they require the Division of Emergency Management to develop a special-needs shelter program for people with such diseases, creates a grant advisory board to make funding recommendations to the state surgeon general about Alzheimer’s treatment and research.

The bills also establish the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program within the Department of Health to fund research leading to the prevention of, or a cure for, Alzheimer’s disease.

The state’s $77 billion budget includes $3 million for the Ed and Ethel Moore program.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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