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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 23, 2017 Brooke Mack
Jun 23, 2017 Teresa Gudonis This is devastating to say the least.Getting no help at all.
Jun 23, 2017 Gail Sheppaed Please help these Alzheimer's pts My farther is one
Jun 23, 2017 Connie Lee
Jun 22, 2017 Elizabeth Helt This is a MUST!!
Jun 22, 2017 Roberta Radigan
Jun 22, 2017 Kathryn Johanessen
Jun 21, 2017 Laurie Sadowski
Jun 21, 2017 Aurea Sanchez
Jun 20, 2017 GISELA Sandoval They need to help and cover all, cause its very hard to see a family member with this illness and us as caregivers don't get sufficient help!
Jun 20, 2017 Lisa Martin
Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 Linda Messer
Jun 19, 2017 Tina ibrahim With the number of individuals with Alzheimer's rising each year, we need to find a cure & we need help with caring for our loved ones who are suffering from this horrible disease.
Jun 19, 2017 Carla Sifford
Jun 19, 2017 Gretchen Shay
Jun 19, 2017 Esther Davis
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2017 Kathy Berry Coverage is needed.
Jun 18, 2017 Shirley Benson
Jun 18, 2017 Wanda Moseley Please, please help.
Jun 18, 2017 Kathy Stokes This coverage is desperately needed!!!
Jun 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2017 Linda McCormick
Jun 18, 2017 Monique Wilson
Jun 17, 2017 (Name not displayed) We have the worse medical coverage for being the big USA, follow Canada help your sick families.
Jun 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2017 Teri Cabral
Jun 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am a caregiver for Alzheimer's patients. Please find a cure. I am heartbroken over watching my patients suffer. Also watching families destroyed by this disease. My grandpa also died from this terrible disease.
Jun 14, 2017 Linda Banks My Father is 93 and suffers from this horrible disease. We need to do more, both in research, medicare coverage of assist them with meds etc and nursing care.
Jun 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2017 Linda Rivera
Jun 13, 2017 Patty Underwood
Jun 12, 2017 Anita Warren-Hendrix
Jun 12, 2017 Carol Stewart
Jun 12, 2017 Christopher Hirzel 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.
Jun 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2017 Stephanie Payne
Jun 11, 2017 Anne Robertson
Jun 11, 2017 Kimberly LaBarge
Jun 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2017 Donna Hughes
Jun 11, 2017 JoAnne Barton
Jun 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2017 Lori Wreyford
Jun 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is needed for those suffering with this dreadful disease
Jun 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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