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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Hails Significant Provisions for Dementia Community in Health Reform Law
Date:3/23/2010

early identification of memory problems or Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. AFA was the impetus behind this important benefit.
  • The Nursing Home Transparency Act enhances American families' access to information about the quality of care in nearly 16,000 nursing homes that receive $75 billion a year in Medicare and Medicaid funds, and will improve the government's ability to ensure quality care and better-trained staff at those facilities.  
  • Independence at Home Act demonstration provides home-based coordinated care for high-cost Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions, which, studies show, can reduce healthcare expenditures, improve quality of care and enhance health outcomes. 
  • The Elder Justice Act strengthens the network of agencies that investigate abuse and neglect in facilities and in the community, including improving the training of long-term care ombudsmen and state health inspectors, requiring reporting of neglect and abuse, and ensuring that residents are protected when nursing homes close. 
  • Background checks in long-term care facilities for employees with direct-patient access gives families greater assurance that their loved ones are safe because it will require these employees to pass a background check for previous criminal activity and abuse. 
  • The CLASS Act creates a disability insurance program financed through voluntary payroll deductions for adults who become unable to perform at least two activities of daily living, and provides a much-needed benefit to help obtain services and supports, while providing disabled individuals more choices and opportunities to live and participate in their communities.  
  • Direct care training funding over three years will help to establish new training opportunities for direct care workers that provide long-term ca
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