Connecticut State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview

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In 2013, Connecticuts legislature passed Special Act 13-11, creating the states Task Force on Alzheimers Disease and Dementia. The Task Force met to develop and publish a list of recommendations in December 2013 in the Report of the Task Force on Alzheimers Disease and Dementia. The initial state plan focused on short-term goals to be completed over the course of three to five years. In January 2020, the Task Force published an update to the state plan, focusing on progress made, updating recommendations and expanding the role for the Connecticut Department of Public Health. In 2023, the state plan was updated after engaging with stakeholders and community partners. The state plan was informed by the twenty-five actions of 2018-2023 Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map and includes six goals to help address Alzheimer’s and dementia across the state.

Connecticut 2024 Policy Priorities

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Improve Access to Biomarker Testing 

With the historic Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of treatments that slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in the early stages, early detection and diagnosis is even more critical to ensure individuals receive the most benefit at the earliest point possible. Biomarkers offer one of the most promising paths to improve dementia detection, diagnosis and treatment. Yet these critical tests remain out of reach for many as insurance coverage is failing to keep pace with innovations and advancements in treatments. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to expand insurance coverage of comprehensive biomarker testing. Without this legislation, dementia diagnoses may take up to two years, increasing the long-term costs to the individual, family and the state.

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Establish an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Advisory Council 

Connecticut is home to 80,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and 128,000 unpaid caregivers. By 2025, the number of Connecticuters living with Alzheimer’s is estimated to increase by 13.8%. Coordination and collaboration among state agencies and external stakeholders is critical to effectively address the growing prevalence and impact of this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to establish an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Advisory Council that will be responsible for monitoring and updating the Alzheimer’s State Plan and ensuring the plan continues to reflect the needs of the state.

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State Affairs Contact: Christianne Kovel

Phone: 860.362.0951

Email: [email protected]

80,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Connecticut

128,000

Connecticuters are providing unpaid care

$1 Billion

Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)

967

deaths from Alzheimer’s in 2019

15%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

82.4%

increase of geriatricians in Connecticut needed to meet the demand in 2050