Strengthen Dementia Care in Utah by Increasing Reimbursement Rates
Utahns with dementia often have trouble accessing long-term care due in part to low Medicaid reimbursement rates. Since long-term care providers often have difficulty maintaining and attracting enough quality staff, fewer people with dementia are able to seek care. That is why the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to approve legislation to increase reimbursement rates for long-term care and for case management, a critical service that allows people with dementia to better access individual services if they are living in their home or community.
Utah State Plan Overview
In March 2011, Utah legislature Senate Bill 48 establishing the Utah State Plan Task Force within the Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services. Tasked with assessing the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias within the state, the Task Force included representatives from state agencies, homecare providers, health plans, and elder law, as well as state legislators, an individual living with the disease, caregivers, and the lieutenant governor. Collecting public feedback, the Task Force drafted Utah's State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Action Plan for 2012-2017, published in January 2012. In early 2018, Utah updated their plan, releasing Utah's State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, 2018 to 2022.
Utah State Advocacy Day
February 02, 2022
Use your voice to support people with Alzheimer’s and urge state lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families. Stay tuned for more details about how you can participate in the 2022 Utah State Advocacy Day.