State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today introduced a proposal that would restore funding for a pilot program to boost care for Alzheimer’s patients and their families in 10 Michigan counties—including Oakland. This program was stripped from the state budget through line-item veto by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Gov. Whitmer cut nearly $1 billion in state programs affecting a wide cross-section of Michigan residents, including students, seniors, veterans and at-risk populations. Among the 147 vetoes was a $400,000 line-item intended to bolster access to care for dementia patients in the three Metro Detroit counties, as well as St. Clair, St. Joseph, Midland, Monroe, Lenawee, Allegan and Kent counties. Schroeder’s plan would restore the funds necessary to administer the program.
“As our population ages, we have a responsibility to ensure proper supports are in place for Alzheimer’s patients and their families,” Schroeder said. “Alzheimer’s is a serious and devastating illness and no family’s suffering should be part of a political tactic. I had a moral responsibility to put forward a plan that would restore the governor’s cuts to this program and see that our families receive quality care.”