Michigan taxpayers may soon be able to support Alzheimer’s and ALS research with just a flick of a pen.
Last week, the Michigan House passed a bill that would create a checkoff form supporting unpaid caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, as well research and care for patients with ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
By checking a box on their income tax form, Michigan residents could choose to give to the ALS of Michigan Fund, with money heading to research, patient services, and ALS clinics around the state.
The bill is expected to pass today in the state Senate.
But the provision supporting ALS research might raise some eyebrows, especially in light of Michigan’s contentious history with stem cell research.