Indiana State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In July 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease to develop Indiana’s plan to address Alzheimer's disease. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, nonprofit organizations, care provider agencies as well as state legislators, researchers, issue experts, caregivers, and health care providers. Following public input sessions, the Task Force published the Indiana Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias 2013-2017. In 2021, following advocacy by the Alzheimer's Association, state lawmakers enacted HB 1177 (Public Law 36 of 2021) requiring an updated state Alzheimer’s plan that includes a comprehensive needs assessment and ensures a focus on key priorities including early detection and diagnosis; strengthening the dementia care workforce; increasing access to home and community-based services; and improving quality of care. The plan was released in December of 2021.
Indiana 2023 Policy Priorities
Establish the Dementia Care Specialist Program
Individuals diagnosed or caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s have to navigate a complex network of resources and benefits to meet their care needs. With the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease projected to increase in Indiana 18% by 2025, Indiana needs a stronger infrastructure for providing accessible support to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the Indiana General Assembly to appropriate $3 million to establish a statewide Dementia Care Specialist Program. This program will be administered through Indiana’s network of Area Agencies on Aging and will bring dementia-specific expertise to local communities. Dementia care specialists will focus on providing caregiver support and community education, increasing awareness, and building partnerships with local health care providers and practitioners.
Authorize a Medicaid Billing Code for Dementia Services
Individuals living with dementia have unique care needs, and states must ensure these individuals are effectively served by the Medicaid program. In Indiana, Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for important dementia care planning services, however, those on Medicaid are not. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning to authorize a Medicaid billing code for certain physicians and practitioners to bill Medicaid for dementia care planning services.
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State Affairs Contact: David Sklar
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Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
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increase of geriatricians in Indiana needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Indiana
The following resources developed by AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will help you learn more about the issues impacting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, how Indiana policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.