Please Support SD 758/HD 1021

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Please Support Senior Care Options Bill!

Dear [Decision Maker],

One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia. The
MassHealth Senior Care Options (SCO) program is a comprehensive health plan that covers all of the services reimbursable under Medicare and MassHealth through a senior care organization and its network of providers. The SCO program offers MassHealth Standard members aged 65 or older quality health care that combines health services with social support services. In Massachusetts there are six SCO providers and many of their members are struggling with cognitive impairment/dementia. Massachusetts Senior Care Option (SCO) plans provide health care coverage for 54,000 low income seniors.

This legislation requires that all Massachusetts Senior Care Options plans provide Dementia Care Coordination (DCC) to SCO members that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Dementia Care Coordination (DCC) is a evidence-informed, proactive care consultation service providing vital support to families caring for a loved one with dementia. Pioneered by the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, this innovative service is initiated by a referral from a clinical provider and results in a family care consultation with a trained dementia expert, an individualized care plan and connection to a range of family caregiver support services.

Quality support for family caregivers makes a significant difference in the ability to
manage both the dementia and other chronic diseases of loved ones. Published
studies have shown that interventions such as DCC not only improve the quality of
life for people with dementia, but are also cost effective; reducing unnecessary
re-hospitalizations and emergency department visits, improving the management of other chronic illnesses and reducing premature nursing home placement.

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