Utah

UTAH 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

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.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

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.


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State Affairs Contact Jeremy Cunningham | 801 265 1944 [email protected]alz.org



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Utah

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.


Prevalence



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34,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Utah


This number is projected to increase 23.5% 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.

Mortality


980

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Utah in 2019

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There has been a 187% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 4th leading cause of death in Utah.

There were 374 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 20% higher than average.


Caregiving



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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 Utah, there are 97,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 24 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$24,093

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$185,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



2,506

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,194

# 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.
Visit alz.org/facts to view the full report.