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The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

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What is an advocate?

Alzheimer advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.

Become an Advocate

As an advocate, you will:

  • Receive regular updates about current legislative and public policy issues.
  • Stay on top of policy and legislative issues through alerts and updates.
  • Make calls or write to legislators to forward public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.


Current events

Public Policy Forum

May 15-17, 2011
Washington, DC

Join us at the Public Policy Forum

Alzheimer's Association Included in Checkoff Colorado for Next Five Years

Senators Linda Newell and Michael Johnston and Representative Larry Liston sponsored a bill that was signed into law today by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper that adds the Alzheimer’s Association to the list of non-profits on the Checkoff Colorado portion of the state tax form for the next five years.

More than 30 years ago, Colorado became the first state in the country to allow a taxpayer to "check-off" a voluntary contribution to a state program. Today there are hundreds of checkoff programs in nearly every state in the country. Every year, U.S. taxpayers contribute tens of millions of dollars to a diverse range of programs. Check-off contributions are voluntary donations made by taxpayers.

“When taxpayers make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association Fund on the Colorado State Tax Form, contributions are used to support the programs and services provided to more than 72,000 individuals and families in Colorado living with Alzheimer’s disease,” stated Linda Mitchell president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter.

Featured in photo: Mr and Mrs Johnston (parents of Senator Michael Johnston), Bill Bridgwater, Senator Michael Johnston, Deb Wells, Linda Daniels, Linda Mitchell, Representative Larry Liston, Senator Linda Newell.

 

Chronic Care Collaborative

The Alzheimer’s Association is a member of the Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) a group of 24 Colorado-based non-profits who serve those in our state with chronic diseases. Their focus is to tighten the gaps in healthcare.

  

Colorado advocacy

Colorado Public Policy Platform

In the coming year, the Alzheimer’s Association will focused its public policy platform on three areas: 1) Developing our State Plan for Alzheimer’s, 2) Increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate for assisted living facilities in Colorado and, 3) Educating our advocates and the general public about the power of their voices and how to use them on our behalf.

Senate Bill 58, also known as the “Colorado Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council Act” is now a reality, and the next stage of implementation of Colorado’s Alzheimer’s disease State Plan is at hand. 

  1. We will work to provide input and support to the Colorado State Government and to the community with respect to selection of members of the Colorado Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council, and once selected, we will provide input and support to the Council itself, especially to the member of the Council representing our Chapter.
  2. We will work to ensure that members of our Chapter participate in any public hearings conducted by the Council to ensure that our views are heard. Our input will be focused on ensuring that the Council supports our goals of increasing the availability of dementia capable services to Colorado residents, supporting Alzheimer’s research by Colorado institutions of higher education, increasing the availability of non-institutional residence options for Colorado Alzheimer’s victims and promoting Alzheimer’s disease data collection and analysis.
  3. Finally, we will work towards implementation of the recommendations of the Council by providing public support and testimony addressed to the Governor and the Colorado General Assembly.
  4. We will work towards an increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for Assisted Living Facilities in Colorado. Currently, that rate is below cost for most Colorado Assisted Living Facilities, which results in a limited number of available placements for persons with dementia whose best placement may frequently be in an Assisted Living facility. We will work with other organizations to ask the Colorado legislature and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to enact an increase in the rate.

 

Colorado Coordinating Council

In 2008, Governor Ritter signed Bill 54 into law creating an Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council whose task is the creation of a state plan for Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association will have representation on the Council and is providing input to state government regarding the selection of members of the Council. We will notify the community of public hearings that may occur in order to gather information and input to ensure the views of those impacted by this devastating disease are heard. Our input will focus on ensuring that the Council supports our goals of increasing the availability of dementia-capable services to Colorado residents, supporting Alzheimer’s research by Colorado institutions of higher learning, increasing the availability of home and community-based services for people in Colorado living with Alzheimer’s, and providing Alzheimer’s disease data collection and analysis. The state planning process is underway in just a few other states and we’re thrilled that Colorado is taking a leadership position by providing guidance on this issue as the number of people with Alzheimer’s is due to reach epidemic proportions in the next few years.

In addition to our state plan, our efforts in the public policy arena extend to working towards an increase in the Medicaid reimbursements rate for assisted living facilities in Colorado. Currently, that rate is not adequate for most facilities which results in virtually eliminating the assisted living option for people with dementia. We will work with other organizations to ask the Colorado legislature and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance to enact an increase in the rate.

Read the final report here.


 

Federal advocacy