OPPOSE THE PROPOSED CUTS AND PROTECT FUNDING FOR THE RESPITE CARE PROGRAM!

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Stop the proposed cuts and protect funding for the respite care program!

Dear [Decision Maker],

As an Alzheimer's advocate, I am extremely concerned about the harmful budget reductions and rescissions recommended by Governor Malloy to the Statewide Respite Care Program and the State Department of Aging. These cuts will negatively impact individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in your community by limiting critical resources and supports to their caregivers.

With the long duration of the disease, the intense care needs and the high cost of long-term care services, Medicaid becomes a critical support for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias at a rate nearly three times greater than other seniors. For this reason alone, Connecticut has a fiscal interest in protecting cost saving programs such as the Statewide Respite Care Program that supports unpaid family caregivers. In addition, constant reductions to the respite care program contradict the previous investments made by the State to "rebalance" the Medicaid system and reduce costs of long term care services. It is also not aligned with the overwhelming personal preference of individuals who want to stay in their own homes and limits access to home- and community based services.

Please oppose the implementation of these devastating budget cuts to the Statewide Respite Care Program and State Department on Aging that serves individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias and their unpaid caregivers.

Thank You,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]