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The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine 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.

Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.

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 individuals with dementia.

As an advocate, you will:

  • Receive updates about current legislative and public policy issues.

  • Stay on top of policy and legislative issues through action alerts.

  • Make calls, write to legislators or perform other specific actions to forward public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.  

 
Maine advocacy: 2011-2012 Legislation

State initiatives our advocacy efforts are actively engaged with and/or monitoring include:

  • The task force pursuant to LD 859, which was enacted last spring, will soon be convened by DHHS. The Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter will serve as your voice as we advocate for this effort to lead to a State Plan on Alzheimer's, which is needed to create the infrastructure and accountability necessary to build dementia-capable programs for the growing number of people with the disease.
  • Federal compliance required reimbursement changes for providers of MaineCare Private Non-Medical Institutions.
  • Task force established pursuant to the enactment of LD 65 last spring focused on state-mandated dementia training for long-term providers.
  • Implementation of legislation passed last session that seeks to consolidate long-term care services under the MaineCare program or other state-funded programs.
  • A carry-over bill from last session, LD 1377, which would adopt in Maine the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA), a uniform state law that creates a mechanism for crucial interstate communication in adult guardianship cases to make the system easier to navigate for individuals and families.
  • MaineCare coverage, LIHEAP fuel assistance, hunger and other issues that impact those living with Alzheimer's and their families and the broader aging population.
  • Regulatory and rulemaking activity in Maine that impact those with Alzheimer's and their families and the broader aging population.
  • We are monitoring proposed legislation for the upcoming session that has been submitted for hearing and consideration by the Legislative Council.

To sign up to receive Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter e-mail updates and alerts on issues before the Maine legislature, click here.

 

To identify and contact your State Senator and Representative, click here.

 

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