Indiana State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview

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In July 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease to develop Indiana’s plan to address Alzheimer's disease. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, nonprofit organizations, care provider agencies as well as state legislators, researchers, issue experts, caregivers, and health care providers. Following public input sessions, the Task Force published the Indiana Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias 2013-2017. In 2021, following advocacy by the Alzheimer's Association, state lawmakers enacted HB 1177 (Public Law 36 of 2021) requiring an updated state Alzheimer’s plan that includes a comprehensive needs assessment and ensures a focus on key priorities including early detection and diagnosis; strengthening the dementia care workforce; increasing access to home and community-based services; and improving quality of care. The plan was released in December of 2021.

Indiana 2022 Policy Priorities

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Create a Permanent Dementia Coordinator Position in Indiana

With 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s and 215,000 family and friends providing unpaid care to these vulnerable residents, we need to ensure that our state government is responsive to all those impacted by this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on policymakers to establish a dementia coordinator position to be housed in the Division of Aging and coordinate work between state agencies, implement policy initiatives, and seek out and apply for new federal funding for research and services.

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Empower Home Health Aides with Dementia Training

Home health aides in Indiana currently receive little or no training on how to properly care for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. As more Hoosiers living with dementia receive in-home care, it is critical that home health aides receive adequate training so they are prepared to provide quality patient-centered care. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on Indiana legislators to support legislation requiring home health aides to receive Alzheimer’s and dementia-specific training.

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Add Alzheimer’s and Dementia Expertise to Indiana’s Medicaid Advisory Committee

The Indiana Medicaid Advisory Committee helps state agencies and lawmakers set Medicaid policy for the state, but currently lacks an expert voice from the Alzheimer’s community. Over the next five years, the Medicaid costs of serving Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s and dementia is projected to increase 17%. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state legislators to support legislation to add the Alzheimer’s Association to Indiana’s Medicaid Advisory Committee.

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State Affairs Contact: David Sklar

Phone: 317.587.2215 

Email: [email protected]

110,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Indiana

216,000

Hoosiers are providing unpaid care

$1.1 Billion

Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)

276 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

17%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

353.0%

increase of geriatricians in Indiana needed to meet the demand in 2050