Support Increased Medicaid Reimbursement Rates to Assisted Living Facilities

Individuals with dementia often have trouble finding residential care placement. This is due to the difficulty in maintaining and attracting enough quality staff, and the low Medicaid reimbursement rates paid to facilities. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging the Idaho State Legislature to adjust Assisted Living Facility Medicaid reimbursement rates to accurately reflect higher cost of care for people with dementia. Idaho Medicaid reimbursement rates do not adequately account for the staff time needed to care for residents with cognitive decline and assisted living facilities often lose money by accepting someone with dementia. With appropriate reimbursement rates, assisted living facilities can ensure staff have the time necessary to appropriately care for residents with dementia, potentially also leading to new providers in Idaho.

Initiate a Statewide Endangered and Missing Persons Alert

Six in 10 people with dementia will wander and a person with Alzheimer's may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. However, Idaho lacks a statewide system to ensure missing persons with dementia can be identified quickly. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the Idaho State Legislature to fund a Statewide Endangered and Missing Persons Alert System (EMPA). EMPA alerts are issued when there is concern that a vulnerable adult has wandered. An EMPA alert system will include funding for first responder dementia training and the coordination of search efforts between families, caregivers and local authorities.

Idaho State Plan Overview

In 2012, the Idaho Legislature established the Idaho Alzheimer's Planning Group through passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 112. Tasked with determining how the state could best assist individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's disease, the Planning Group included representatives from state agencies, advocacy agencies, academia, and community organizations as well as researchers, caregivers, individuals affected by Alzheimer's, and the Governor. After conducting a year-long state assessment and soliciting input from community stakeholders and the public-at-large, the Planning Group released A State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Addressing the Needs of Idahoans with ADRD, Their Caregivers, and Family Members in March 2013. The Idaho legislature endorsed the statewide plan with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 34 in 2013.


Idaho State Advocacy Day

February 15, 2022

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates on Tuesday, February 15th through Friday, February 18th, as we rally state lawmakers to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for assisted living facilities and provide funding for a statewide Silver Alert System. Advocates will come together to hear from state leaders, understand the Alzheimer’s Association’s leading asks during the legislative session and meet with state legislators to share their story and urge support of these critical priorities.

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State Affairs Contact Lisa Anderson | 208-206-0041 [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Idaho

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer's Association®, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation's health care system.


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Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Idaho

This number is projected to increase 22.2% between 2020 and 2025.

Nationally, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to more than double by 2050.



Deaths from Alzheimer's in Idaho in 2019

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There has been a 148% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Idaho.

There were 261 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 20% higher than average.


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Value of unpaid care work

Hours of unpaid care

Nationally, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers provided nearly $257 billion in unpaid care in 2021. In Idaho, there are 42,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 22 hours of unpaid care per week




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Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals


# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


# of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia

People with Alzheimer's disease have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people. Nationally, emergency department visits for those with dementia have increased nearly 30% over the past decade.

The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report contains data on the impact of Alzheimer's on the nation and in every state across the country.
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