Massachusetts State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In 2010, Governor Deval Patrick directed the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, in partnership with the Alzheimers Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, to draft a state plan addressing Alzheimers disease within the state. In response, these two agencies convened an Advisory Committee that included families and individuals impacted by the disease as well as representatives from state and local health and human services agencies, councils on aging, academia, public safety agencies, and professional caregiver associations. Gathering public input, the Advisory Committee published the Massachusetts Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders State Plan in February 2012. Following 2018 legislation (Chapter 220 of the Acts of 2018), a new State Alzheimers Plan was released in April 2021.

Massachusetts 2022 Policy Priorities

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Increase Access to Comprehensive Care Planning by Approving H.739 / S .415

Alzheimer’s and other dementia pose significant challenges and costs to families and the health care system. Too often, Massachusetts families are exhausting their financial resources to care for loved ones living with dementia and then requiring state assistance through MassHealth (Medicaid). In 2020, Massachusetts spent more than $1.75 billion caring for people living with Alzheimer’s in the MassHealth program — a figure expected to rise by over 15% by 2025. Comprehensive care planning, however, can help people living with dementia reduce unnecessary rehospitalizations, improve the management of other chronic conditions and reduce premature nursing home placement. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the legislature to pass H.739 / S.415, which would require Massachusetts Senior Care Options (SCO) plans to provide comprehensive care planning services to SCO members who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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State Affairs Contact: Chelsea Gordon 

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130,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Massachusetts

284,000

Bay Staters are providing unpaid care

$1.8 Billion

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

411 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

23%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

62.1%

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