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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


Jun 19, 2018 Shelley Savage
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2018 VICTORIA saunders
Jun 15, 2018 Kimberly Sims
Jun 12, 2018 Wendy Farias
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) You have to start to cover long term care for the people with Alzheimer's. No reason it shouldn't be covered.
Jun 12, 2018 Christina Foley
Jun 11, 2018 Patti Baker Please know being a caregiver to is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. I had to take early retirement to take care of my husband 4 years ago. It is much harder than teaching a classroom of children. Caregiving is a 24/7 job.
Jun 10, 2018 Sandi Cunningham
Jun 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 Lorrey Gadberry
Jun 9, 2018 Danielle Payne
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed) Need help in long term care for patients with Alzheimer’s this is a must ‼️
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jun 9, 2018 Ron Worley
Jun 8, 2018 Janis Lasser
Jun 8, 2018 Elizabeth Schlamann My father suffers from a form of dementia brought on by head trauma. Any form of dementia is costly no matter what kind. The ones who pay for it is the family of the loved one suffering. Unfortunately, the government refuses to help with this crisis.
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Jennifer Watson
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Allene Barrett
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 2, 2018 Marie Kane
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is an urgent need! Trying to care for a family member with alzheimer's (or other dementia) bankrupts our middle-class families.
Jun 2, 2018 Nancy Krieger My father is spending his life saving to provide care for my mother who has alzheimer's, it is a medical condition and should be treated as the same as someone with cancer
Jun 1, 2018 Linda Rivera My father is battling Alzheimer’s Dementia and it is now severe. His wife can no longer care for him alone so she has applied for home care. He worked as a bellman for 51 years and developed Alzheimer’s shortly after retirement. This care needs to be cvrd
Jun 1, 2018 John Florczak
Jun 1, 2018 Sallie Knox Please help us by taking this huge financial burden off our families.
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2018 Victoria N Langsdale
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed) several in my family have died after many years in nursing home after family could no longer afford home care which is very expensive. We all pay in to Medicare and they need to step up and use that money for our long term care.
May 29, 2018 Pilar Pérez
May 27, 2018 Peggy Luchtefeld
May 27, 2018 Mary Partain Please support Alzheimer and dementia care.
May 26, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please help find this horrible disease
May 26, 2018 Joellen Nevins PAY FOR CARE
May 25, 2018 Kellie Marzolf
May 25, 2018 Christine Maidl
May 25, 2018 Noelia Gonzalez
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) Clearly people need help and this should be covered!
May 25, 2018 Albert Chou
May 25, 2018 Jeanne Harrington
May 25, 2018 Eileen Bosch
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please institute programs that will help families with the care of their loves ones. It is sad to see your mother or father suffer this way.
May 25, 2018 Frances Bishop
May 25, 2018 Jeannette Austin

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