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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


May 22, 2017 Sandra Ferraro
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 16, 2017 Samantha Sweezy Both my mother and mother-in-law have this awful disease! Step up Medicare!!
May 15, 2017 Tracey Anderson
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) There's enough heartache with this disease. Financial ruin shouldn't add to it.
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Joseph Folino Gallo
May 15, 2017 sam retenski Please help. My Dad had Alzheimer's. Caring for someone with this disease is hard enough, help from Medicare would lessen the burden a little. Please help those that still need it and will in the future. Thank you
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Gordon Levy
May 14, 2017 Nicole Bailey
May 13, 2017 Jennifer Love
May 13, 2017 Charlene Brumbles
May 13, 2017 Kathy Bibeau
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) For my mom who passed at the age of 63 from early onset and diagnosed at 54.
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2017 Maria COX
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) My mother had Alzheimer she fought 12 years. I lost her almost 2 yrs. Us the family members believe they should be treated fairly as every other person with a long term health issue. Thanks
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) The demands on the family taking care of a loved one with dementia are not being met by Congress
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) Something needs to be done for Alzheimer's patients to have coverage and long term care. Alzheimer's is a horrible disease!
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2017 Carlena Davis
May 13, 2017 Brenda Dyer This must be a priority
May 13, 2017 Melissa Bowman
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) There needs to be some assistance from Medicare with the long term care needed as this disease progresses.
May 13, 2017 Vicky Curriston
May 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2017 Gloria Amos
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2017 Donna Helgerson
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Alzheimer's is a disease. This needs to be covered with Medicare
May 12, 2017 Donna Pintar My husband has Alzheimer's and the cost is growing. It would be great if Medicare stepped up to help.
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please get Medicare to at least assist with payment for LTC
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2017 Edith Adamd
May 12, 2017 Minerva Cruz Cantu
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2017 Sandee Burton My mother had Alzheimer's for 5 years after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. We ended up paying $250,000.00 for her care. This was money she and my dad worked their entire lives to save!! Alzheimer's is a disease and needs to be covered by Medicare.
May 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2017 Lisa Sigmon PLEASE help it could be you one day
May 11, 2017 Margaret Lynn My late husband suffered from early onset Alzheimer's. He was diagnosed a month b4 his 50th birthday and died 7 years later. I'm disabled so our young children of 9, 11 and 14 and I took care of him in our home so he could get the living care he deserved.
May 11, 2017 Jeri Ruser
May 11, 2017 Kathie KETTINGER
May 11, 2017 Genna Schroeber
May 11, 2017 Tristy Schroeber
May 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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