Alzheimer’s Advocates Alert – Maryland Specific
Dear Alzheimer’s Advocates and Friends,
This alert is intended for Maryland residents only. If you live outside of Maryland, please forgive me but also please consider sharing the alert with the Marylanders you know who may want to urge their elected officials to support House Bill 594 which would provide more access to home and community based care for people with Alzheimer’s and related disorders.
Your help is needed urgently to help restore Medicaid long-term care services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments!
Please take just a few minutes to e-mail or call Delegate Pete Hammen (chair of the health committee where the bill will be heard next week), Governor O’Malley, and Speaker Michael Busch, to urge their strong support of HB 594. Calls and e-mails are needed through this week and early next week.
Delegate Pete Hammen
e-mail: [email protected]
(410) 841-3772, (301) 858-3772
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3772 (toll free)
Governor Martin O’Malley
(410) 974-3901; 1-800-811-8336 (toll free, Maryland)
Speaker Michael Busch
e-mail: [email protected]
(410) 841-3800, (301) 858-3800
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3800 (toll free)
The Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with our many supportive partners including AARP, Baltimore Jewish Council, Brain Injury Association of Maryland, Catholic Charities, Community Behavioral Health Systems, Maryland Association of Area Agencies on Aging (M4A), Maryland Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, Maryland Senior Citizens Action Network (MSCAN), The Mental Health Association of Maryland, Mosaic Community Services, the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the National MS Society, Maryland Chapter, have introduced House Bill 594 in Annapolis.
HB 594 would require Maryland to provide necessary home and community-based services, such as adult medical day care, to individuals with cognitive impairments who need 24-hour supervision.
Currently, individuals with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and mental illness who are otherwise financially eligible for Medicaid are denied access to Medicaid long-term care (LTC) services, including home and community-based services, due to DHMH’s stringent level of care standard for medical eligibility that far exceeds that of the federal government and 34 other states. HB 594 is an important first step in rectifying this problem.
Thank you for your help. Please distribute this e-mail as widely as possible and urge your family, friends, and colleagues to do the same!