Alzheimer's Advocacy in

The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter is the largest group in advocating on behalf of those living with Alzheimer's disease.

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Conquering Alzheimer’s is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery, and we need your help to change the future of this devastating disease.

As an advocate, you will be invited to engage public officials and policymakers in a variety of ways, urging their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, or hosting events or even meeting in-person with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference as an Alzheimer's Association Advocate.

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Federal Policy

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that cannot be ignored by federal policymakers. Our goal is to see that the federal government takes bold action now to confront this growing crisis. Urge your elected officials to enact public policies that provide better health and long-term coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for the millions of people who face this disease every day. Learn more

STATE POLICY

State governments are increasingly on the front lines in addressing health issues facing America. As a result, every state must tackle Alzheimer's not only as an aging issue but also as a public health crisis. Alzheimer's Association chapters across the nation work with state officials to determine regulatory and statutory standards for dementia training, provide access to respite care, designate spending for state long-term care services, control Medicaid spending, and in a variety of other ways to provide care and support for those facing this disease. Learn more

As we continue to implement Georgia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan, during the 2020 legislative session, we are focused on the following priorities:

1- Continued support and funding of Home and Community Based Services,
2- Quality care in residential settings, and
3- Educating the legislature about dementia-specific Medicaid services. 

Context for our priorities:

HCBS Funding: In the fall of 2019 the Governor directed State Agency heads to cut budgets 4% for the current year and 6% for next year due to declining tax revenues. The Governor's proposed budget was released the first week of the legislative session and none of the the Home and Community Based Services budgets were impacted (much to our delight!). The legislature still has to make recommendations; review the budget and vote on the FY 2020 amended budget and the FY 2021 budget. Therefore we are asking the legislature to follow the Governor's recommendation and keep HCBS services fully funded. 

Quality of care in Assisted Living Facilities and Personal Care Homes. In September of 2019 the Atlanta Journal Constitution began running an Investigative Series called "Unprotected: Broken Promises in Georgia's Senior Care Industry." The articles have identified several concerning issues in this industry. We know that 42% of people living in residential care facilities have an Alzheimer's diagnosis so it is the people we serve that are impacted so we knew we must join with other stakeholders and act. We are recommending that the legislation that is developed to improve care in residential facilities include the following:

  • Ensure training and education for care providers is adequate, competency-based and on-going
  • Ensure adequate and transparent oversight of licensed care providers
  • Ensure a dementia-capable workforce by improving recruitment & retention and providing educational assistance for direct care workers

 Dementia-specific Medicaid Services. During the 2019 session we helped advocate for the creation of a study committee on Innovative Financial Options for Senior Living. Rep. John LaHood chaired the study committee that met in the fall of 2019 and released their study committee recommendations on January 10, 2020. Those recommendations included the encouragement of the legislature to explore the creation of a Medicaid Memory Care Waiver. Creating a new waiver will be a multi-step process if the legislature decides to proceed so we are using the 2020 legislative session to educate the legislature on the benefits of dementia-specific Medicaid Services. Georgia Medicaid costs for caring for people with Alzheimer's will increase 33.5% from 2019 to 2025 so it is imperative for the legislature to act now to ensure that Georgia's Medicaid services are able to provide care to meet the unique needs of people with Alzheimer's. Dementia-specific home & community based services guided by person-centered care and dementia competency has the potential to reduce Medicaid spending. 

Thank you to advocates who joined us on March 10th to turn Georgia purple for Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

For more information on becoming a year-round advocate with the Alzheimer's Association, please contact our Advocacy Manager, Cai Yoke, at ccyoke@alz.org! 

2020 Alzheimer's Awareness Day Highlights
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 Thank you to Shari Zellers Photography for capturing these great photos of our day!

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

We successfully advocated for improved quality of care for people with dementia in residential care- especially memory care! We thanked the legislature for their restoration of Memory Net funding in the FY20 budget. The legislature is currently suspended indefinitely following crossover day. HB 987 passed the House prior to crossover day so will be able to be taken up by the senate once the legislative session is resumed.

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Chapter Contact(s)

Chapter Headquarters
Georgia
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30346
Phone 404.728.1181