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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


Apr 26, 2017 Jennifer Peters
Apr 26, 2017 Chantal Marancy
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Jacquie Brewer
Apr 25, 2017 Vickie Farnsworth This is going to become the greatest health care crisis that baby boomers will face. To not cover expenses for this disease makes a mockery of Medicare.
Apr 25, 2017 Kim Tate
Apr 25, 2017 Nanci Petty
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Heather Rickert
Apr 25, 2017 Judy Everett
Apr 25, 2017 Jarra Poe My husband has been in a dementia facility for o er a year and have been on full pay for 9 months. I have spent nearly all our life's saving for his care. I need more help from Medicade.
Apr 25, 2017 Renae Quigley
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is affecting too many people. We need a cure!!! More funding for research is key. Please help.
Apr 25, 2017 Maydelle Pilioglas I firmly support Medicare offering long term care and also benefits to care givers who care for loved ones at home.
Apr 25, 2017 Karen Erwin Alzheimer's and dementia must be covered soon!
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Jeidi Ruiz
Apr 25, 2017 Sylvia Castle
Apr 24, 2017 Nicholas Flanagan
Apr 24, 2017 Robert Plummer
Apr 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) It's ridiculous that it's not covered.
Apr 23, 2017 Laura Watson These people and their families need to be able to deal with this life altering event without the struggles of what it costs to keep this family member around.
Apr 22, 2017 Henry Mongrain
Apr 22, 2017 Micki Courtoreille
Apr 22, 2017 Joy Smiley
Apr 20, 2017 Janice Goydich
Apr 20, 2017 Marissa Golomboski
Apr 20, 2017 Christine Marasco
Apr 18, 2017 Claire Flewitt
Apr 18, 2017 Mary Shaw
Apr 18, 2017 j wechsler
Apr 18, 2017 Linda Weaver
Apr 18, 2017 Jackie Muzio
Apr 18, 2017 linda magyar
Apr 17, 2017 CARL SWAFFORD YES, Medicare should and needs to step up and cover 100% of long term Doctor recommended care.
Apr 17, 2017 Tonya Knoblauch
Apr 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2017 Dianne Browning
Apr 16, 2017 Kathleen Bailey
Apr 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2017 Heather Matlock As a nurse in the specialty field of dementia/Alzheimer's, I know this disease needs more recognition. Long term care needs coverage at 100%.
Apr 16, 2017 Lori Mehring Such a devastating disease.
Apr 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) While costly to care for the aging w dementia, all Americans deserve the oppty for the same level of professional care.
Apr 16, 2017 Susan Moslander My Mother has Alzheimer's and is in need of help with her medical costs. Such a terrible disease and she could live like this for who knows how long.
Apr 16, 2017 Nancy Downing
Apr 15, 2017 Jonelle Middlebrook
Apr 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2017 Joan McGill

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