Support Additional Funding for Long-Term Care Facilities
Persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias make up a large proportion of all older adults who receive adult day services and nursing home care. In Maine, however, those in need of these services are negatively affected by a shortage of direct care workers. To help improve recruitment and retention, Governor Janet Mills signed into law a bill that improved MaineCare (Medicaid) payment rates for 225 nursing and residential care facilities. Now, the Alzheimer’s Association urges state lawmakers to provide supplemental funding to ensure long-term care facilities receive sufficient resources and appropriate payment rates.
Maine State Plan Overview
In June 2011, Maine's legislature commissioned a state task force with the enactment of LD 859, calling for a study of the impact of Alzheimer's disease and the creation of a guide to help the state meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by this disease. The task force included representatives from elder law, community organizations, state agencies, academia, and law enforcement as well as caregivers, individuals living with the disease, state legislators, and health care providers. After soliciting public feedback, the task force published the State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Maine in June 2012.
Maine State Advocacy Day
March 30, 2022
Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for an exciting day of advocacy on March 30, 2022 turning Maine purple! This virtual event will feature an informative and engaging program urging state legislators to support ongoing dementia-related legislation benefiting those living with dementia and their caregivers. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials.