November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Agency of Alaska continues efforts to bring attention to issues relating to the care of those with Alzheimer's Disease or related disorders.
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One such issue relates to the current Medicaid waiver coverage, under the Older Alaskans Medicaid Waiver Program. In order to meet eligibility standards, applicants must meet medical conditions that require skilled nursing care. Since persons with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders may not need such intense levels of care, they do not meet the criteria, and thus are excluded from the state's major long-term care services.
During the 2007 legislative session, the Pacific Health Policy Group reported to lawmakers statistics illustrating the benefits of adding individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders to the Medicaid waiver program, thus increasing federal dollars and reducing dependency on the state's general fund.
The time is now to contact your legislator and ask him or her to support Medicaid waiver coverage for people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders. Please be a voice for those suffering from this devastating disease.
Alzheimer's Disease Resource Agency of Alaska
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