Memory Matters: Advocacy Program
The National Alzheimer's Association advocates on behalf of people who have Alzheimer's disease on both the federal and state levels. On the federal level the Association's key advocacy issues are research funding, Medicaid, Medicare, and Alzheimer's programs. Advocates are provided with in-depth advocacy information about the Association's key legislative priorities.
The Association advocates for increased research funding at the National Institutes of Health, with a goal of reaching a minimum of $1 billion annually spent on Alzheimer's research.
The Alzheimer's Association opposes cuts or caps on Medicaid budgets and supports modernizing Medicaid to enable states to meet the needs of the aging population, to design systems that support people with disabilities, and to provide better value to tax payers and better services to beneficiaries. Many people with dementia rely on Medicaid after spending their assets and income for health services not covered by Medicare or health insurance.
Finally, the Association advocates for a number of public health programs such as Safe Return, Alzheimer's demonstration grants, and caregiving issues such as the Center for Disease Control Alzheimer's initiative and the family caregiver support program.
The Association holds an annual public policy forum in Washington DC where advocates are trained in the art of advocacy and visit their legislators to educate their local legislators about issues affecting people with Alzheimer's disease as well as their care providers.
The Maryland Chapters of the Alzheimer's Association serves as the leading advocates for people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their caregivers. On a state level the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association participates in committee assignments to work on behalf of people with Alzheimer' disease and caregivers as well as taking an active role in educating our state legislators on the many and varied issues that affect people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. The Association seeks to ensure access to primary, acute and long-term care services that meet the health and social support needs of Marylanders with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. The Association is committed to advocating for programs that offer quality care and essential support networks.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Alzheimer's Association advocacy program or becoming an advocate on behalf of people with Alzheimer's disease may call the local Alzheimer's Association office at 301-797-4892.
The Alzheimer's Association is a 501 (c) non-profit organization. The Association enhances care and support for people with Alzheimer's disease, their families, and caregivers and encourages support for research. Local office: 5 Public Square, Ste. 307, Hagerstown, MD, 301.797.4892; fax, 301-797-0150; email, Joyce.Heptner@alz.org, www.alzgmd.org