The Alzheimer’s Association--Connecticut 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.
The 2011 General Assembly adjourned June 8, 2011. It was a challenging session, with the state confronting one of the largest budget deficits in history. Despite the challenges, the Chapter was successful in passing several of our legislative initiatives and protecting funding and access to community-based programs including the Alzheimer’s respite, and Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders, and Adult Day Care.
We were the lead advocacy organization to push for passage of criminal and comprehensive background checks for direct health care providers. We also advocated for legislation to waive the imposition of a penalty period for certain Medicaid eligibility related asset transfers when such a penalty will create an undue hardship for the person transferring the asset. Importantly, the “undue hardship” bill permits the Department of Social Services commissioner to waive the imposition of the penalty period when the applicant suffers from dementia or other cognitive impairment and cannot explain the transfer.
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.
As an advocate, you will:
Thanks to all the advocates who participated in the legislative process this session by testifying at public hearings, making telephone calls or sending letters and e-mails to legislators. Your grassroots advocacy made the difference.
We are growing our Alzheimer's Association Leadership Advocacy Network. To work on legislative initiatives for the 2012 session, please contact Laurie Julian at the Alzheimer’s Association to help. (860) 828-2828 x27 or firstname.lastname@example.org.