Expand Access to Critical Respite Grant Funding for Caregivers
In New Hampshire, there are an estimated 27,000 individuals living with Alzheimer's or other dementia and an estimated 56,000 caregivers providing care to them. We know that providing care to a loved one living with Alzheimer's or dementia can be extremely challenging. To help reduce the burden on caregivers, New Hampshire has a respite grant which, when received, can assist a caregiver in acquiring alternative care for their loved one so that they can take a break while knowing that their loved one is safely cared for. However, current law states that in order to access the respite grant, you must have Alzheimer's or other dementia thus preventing access for those without a formal diagnosis. We are urging legislators to change the definition of Alzheimer's so that those who are symptomatic of the disease, but may not have a formal diagnosis, can also be eligible for this critical respite grant funding.
Help Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation
In 2020, older adults filed 334,411 fraud reports with reported losses of more than $600 million in the United States. Because the vast majority of frauds are not reported, these numbers include only a fraction of older adults harmed by fraud. As the number of Americans struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia continues to grow, unfortunately, so does the potential for exploitation, physical or emotional abuse, and neglect. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support forthcoming legislation that would help to ensure that those living with cognitive impairment in New Hampshire are safe from financial abuse by allowing banks and other financial institutions the ability to place holds on the distribution of funds if they suspect financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Improve Reimbursement Rates to Ensure Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities
New Hampshire has historically had one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the country. This is an issue because reimbursement rates often directly impact an individual’s access to residential care settings, quality care, and the wages of those working in these facilities. The Alzheimer’s Association urges the legislature to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates to ensure that those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia who need residential care will have access to quality care and the facility will be reimbursed in a way that reflects the higher cost of Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
New Hampshire State Plan Overview
In March 2014, New Hampshire's legislature established a Subcommittee on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia through passage of HB 1572-FN. The Subcommittee includes representatives from care provider organizations, state agency officials, law enforcement officials, state legislators, caregivers, and other individuals impacted by Alzheimer's. New Hampshire Alzheimer's disease & Related Dementias Sub-Committee Recommendations was published in 2013 and updated in 2015.
New Hampshire State Advocacy Day
March 09, 2022
Join fellow Granite Staters in Concord (or virtually, depending on COVID-19) on Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 to help strengthen our statewide policies for those affected by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. 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. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials. We will host a training session in the week leading up to the event to make sure all your questions are answered.