The National Alzheimer's Project Act was signed into law on January 4, 2011 by President Obama. It creates for the first time a coordinated national strategy to confront Alzheimer's disease. Introduced in Congress by Senator Mel Martinez on July 31, 2009, the National Alzheimer's Project Act was reintroduced by Senator Evan Bayh and Senator Susan Collins in the Senate (S.3036) and by Rep. Ed Markey and Rep. Chris Smith (H.R.4689) in the House on February 2, 2010. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on December 15, 2010.
The signing of the law requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a strategic plan for the federal government's role in fighting Alzheimer's disease. This plan would include forming an advisory council, and coordinating research, care, institutional services, and home and community-based programs.