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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


Feb 20, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Tammy Matthews
Feb 19, 2018 Bonnie Mooney
Feb 19, 2018 Judy Ennis Not everyone has a loved one to care for their needs.
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 Lisa Fisher
Feb 16, 2018 Deborah DeLage
Feb 15, 2018 Tona Pacheco Miss my Mom (Lou Ann) taken by dementia !! Long term care is a necessity for this horrible disease.
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) My mother and now my husband. I have been his caregiver for 6 years.
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Mart Beth Hummel In loving memory of my mom who had Alzheimer's disease for 6 years.
Feb 13, 2018 Kim Kohler
Feb 13, 2018 Sharon Fender
Feb 13, 2018 Robyna Tynan
Feb 13, 2018 JACKIE stephens my husband has been battling for 6yrs, he is 70, Please do the right thing for him & others who suffer.
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Cheryl Veres
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) My Mother, my husband and now my best friend. Help is needed for all with this miserable disease.
Feb 13, 2018 Judith English
Feb 12, 2018 Carol Sexton its time to recognize the burden of this disease , financial, emotional , physical
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Denise Powers
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Kelley Huebner
Feb 12, 2018 Joe Diaz It’s a horrible disease that no family should go through!! Find a cure now !!!
Feb 12, 2018 Rosa Diaz On behalf of my mother who has Allzheimers
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Steven Painter My wife was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, what a devastating disease. We need a cure.
Feb 12, 2018 Dory Wilson
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Rebecca Lopez My mother and eldest sister have passed from Alzheimer's. Now my second eldest sister has it. And my father has dementia.Help the elderly, we need it.
Feb 11, 2018 Donna Gladney
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) My parents don’t qualify for medi-cal but they also can’t afford a caregiver. Frustrating that they are in the forgotten lower middle class!
Feb 11, 2018 Gisela Bey
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please support our Alzheimer’s and Dementia community!
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Ashley Soder Support Alzheimer's disease!
Feb 10, 2018 Lisa Struallo I know it is a very sad disease to watch
Feb 10, 2018 Vanetta Robertson Long term care for AD must be funded and covered by Medicare.
Feb 10, 2018 LuAnn Cunningham
Feb 10, 2018 Jack Strong It’s high time Medicare stood up and help our elderly. That is the purpose of Medicare to begin with.
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Mick Stiles
Feb 10, 2018 Rena Smith Alzheimer's is a very heartbreaking disease not only on the patient but the family members and caregivers too. We need help taking care of our loved ones!!
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Holly Bush

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