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HF 313

1st Division Engrossment - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/11/2021 08:52am

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A bill for an act
relating to health; establishing an Alzheimer's public information program;
appropriating money.


Section 1.

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new text begin (a) The commissioner of health shall design and make publicly available materials for
a statewide public information program that:
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new text begin (1) promotes the benefits of early detection and the importance of discussing cognition
with a health care provider;
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new text begin (2) outlines the benefits of cognitive testing, the early warning signs of cognitive
impairment, and the difference between normal cognitive aging and dementia; and
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new text begin (3) provides awareness of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner shall include in the program materials messages directed at the
general population, as well as messages designed to reach underserved communities including
but not limited to rural populations, Native and Indigenous communities, and communities
of color. The program materials shall include culturally specific messages developed in
consultation with leaders of targeted cultural communities who have experience with
Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The commissioner shall develop the materials for
the program by June 30, 2022, and make them available online to local and county public
health agencies and other interested parties.
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new text begin (c) To the extent funds remain available for this purpose, the commissioner shall
implement an initial statewide public information campaign using the developed program
materials. The campaign must include culturally specific messages and the development of
a community digital public forum. These messages may be disseminated by television and
radio public service announcements, social media and digital advertising, print materials,
or other means.
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new text begin (d) The commissioner may contract with one or more third parties to initially implement
some or all of the public information campaign, provided the contracted third party has
prior experience promoting Alzheimer's awareness and the contract is awarded through a
competitive process. The public information campaign must be implemented by July 1,
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new text begin (e) By June 30, 2024, the commissioner shall report to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over public health or
aging on the development of the program materials and initial implementation of the public
information campaign, including how and where the funds appropriated for this purpose
were spent.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $250,000 in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of health for the purpose of developing and placing online program materials for and initial
implementation of the Alzheimer's public information campaign in section 1. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2024. Of this amount, no more than $....... is for
the reporting requirement under section 1, paragraph (e).
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