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Since 1966, Medicare has provided insurance for Americans 65 and older. For many, this national insurance program is a key component of being able to afford retirement.

Medicare covers many things, like end-of-life hospice and in-home recovery services after a hospital visit, but there's a glaring and terrible gap for our elderly that must be addressed: coverage for long-term care for Alzheimer's patients.

Alzheimer's care costs are on the rise, and the prevalence of the disease only continues to increase. According to the Alzheimer's Association, "by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5.1 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease. "

With Congress unwilling to fund Alzheimer's research and Medicare offering no assistance for the long-term care of people with this tragic disease, their care often falls to family members and loved ones. In 2014, the Alzheimer's Associate estimated that 15.7 million family members and friends provided 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, at an economic value of over $217 billion.

That's a huge burden on the families and friends of people living with Alzheimer's.

We need to do something about it. Medicare is intended to help our elderly get the healthcare they need. Someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's has a real, continuous, medical need for care. Tell Medicare to step up and cover 100% of long term care for any person with Alzheimer's or other dementias whose doctor has recommended long-term care.

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Dear Marilyn Tavenner,

As the head of Medicare, I'm writing today to implore you to take the steps necessary to ensure proper care is provided to our elders diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

As Alzheimer's progresses, people often lose the ability to care for themselves. As such, long-term care is necessary to keep Alzheimer's patients safe and healthy. Unfortunately, because long-term care is currently not covered under Medicare, the friends and family of those impacted by this terrible disease are often called to take up the burden of care. Just last year alone, the Alzheimer's Associate estimated that 15.7 million family members and friends provided 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, at an economic value of over $217 billion. These numbers prove that there is absolutely a need for government support in caring for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Families and friends of those with Alzheimer's disease are being worked beyond their limits in trying to care for them alone.

Alzheimer's is not going away any time soon. Congress has yet to commit to funding Alzheimer's research on a scale that could result in prevention or cures for the disease. The Alzheimer's Association believes that, "by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5.1 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease."

Medicare needs to step up to fill a huge hole in its coverage for America's seniors by covering 100% of long term care for any person with Alzheimer's or other dementias whose doctor has recommended long-term care.

Ms. Tavenner, please use your position to advocate for America’s Alzheimer's patients, their families, and loved ones. Long-term care is a necessity for anyone with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Make sure Medicare helps them get the care they need.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Nov 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2017 Donna Reed
Nov 22, 2017 caren quinn
Nov 22, 2017 Sally OFarrell Fortunately, we had the money to take care of our Mom. Most people don’t. This must be covered!
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Pam Stanton
Nov 22, 2017 Nancy O'Donnell
Nov 22, 2017 Teresa Dehnel
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am a CNA that works in this field please keep long term health care for these people
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Jennifer Morris I work in a long term facility and would love for more money to be put into it and all other places.
Nov 22, 2017 Lavonne Casey
Nov 22, 2017 Kathy Wilson
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Kathryn Driver
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Julie Sanders
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) I work on a Geri Psych unit that takes care of patients with dementia--horrible disease☹️
Nov 22, 2017 FREDERICKA ROCKEY My mother should be in an alzheimer's care facility but neither she nor I can afford it. Fortunately I have my brother to care for her so I can continue to work; not everybody is as fortunate in that respect as I am.
Nov 22, 2017 Fletcher Doreen Two parents living in assisted living! With Alzheimer’s! Runs in the family!
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Leslie Stimely
Nov 22, 2017 Laura Irwin
Nov 22, 2017 Janice Bishop
Nov 22, 2017 Carole Rose-Lady Please help us get the care we need. It’s frightening enough dealing with what the future looks like but the worry about burdening our family and friends at some point only adds to the stress of trying to outrun the inevitable. Please help.
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Medicare should step up and provide coverage for long term care for Alzheimer’s patients and for those with other dementias!
Nov 21, 2017 Paula Clark
Nov 20, 2017 Trina Brown
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 julianna Gerhart Act like this country is #1! Take care of our people!!!!
Nov 20, 2017 Francie Eckhart
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Suzanne Whatley
Nov 20, 2017 Patrice Barrett Medicare needs to step up and cover 100% of long term care for any person with Alzheimer's or other dementias whose doctor has recommended long-term care.
Nov 20, 2017 Vicki Raganella
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Amanda Plumley Step up and cover 100 % of long term care for any person with Alzheimer's or other dementia!
Nov 20, 2017 Annette Gray Help take care of our sick families and friends. The loss of their personality is unimaginable and cost is tragic. Help
Nov 20, 2017 Jennifer mccartor
Nov 19, 2017 Connie Taylor
Nov 19, 2017 Drina Bedoya
Nov 19, 2017 Sandra Diamondl
Nov 19, 2017 The Oswalt Family
Nov 19, 2017 Beatrice Goyette
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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