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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 19, 2018 Adelle Wiesinger
Apr 18, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 17, 2018 Angela Tafoya
Apr 17, 2018 P Antoniadi
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) Families desperately need this coverage to help with the care of Alzheimer’s Disease. My husband has 3 siblings with this disease.
Apr 17, 2018 Cheri Madison It is long past time to recognize that Alzheimer's patients need to be covered by Medicare to meet their need of long-term health care.
Apr 17, 2018 Heywood Williams My sister is being taken care of by her 80 year old husband who has had to completely give up his life to support the life of a woman who barely knows who he is. This is simply wrong.
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 Rhonda Satterfield
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) We need medicare to cover d the cost of care for Alzheimer's and other dementias. It takes a big toll on the caregiver, help is needed.
Apr 17, 2018 Susan Smith
Apr 17, 2018 Laurie Abhold
Apr 17, 2018 Cybile Guzman Please pass the bill
Apr 17, 2018 Claudia Velez-Rosado
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 Rae Ann Kressin This is a terrible disease and should be covered by Medicare.
Apr 16, 2018 Diane Killian Please have Medicare fund Alzheimer’s care for our elderly. It is cheaper and better for a patient to live with family instead of a nursing home. Most family has to work and need sitters for their parent.
Apr 15, 2018 Kate Ravenstein
Apr 14, 2018 Brian Davis This is a burden too heavy for each family alone to bear.
Apr 14, 2018 Mary Perkins
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) Diagnosed at 55 my husband can no longer work and neither can I as I am his caregiver. We now live with our son since we can no longer afford to pay for a home. I don't know what we will do when long term care is nessecary.
Apr 13, 2018 Katherine Wagner
Apr 13, 2018 Kathleen Bartley
Apr 13, 2018 Estellene Salazar
Apr 13, 2018 Marla Smallman
Apr 12, 2018 Carol Jean Capozzi
Apr 10, 2018 Amy Cheshier
Apr 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 Marcy West It is imperative that Alzheimer's care be covered. Caring for my mom as she died of Alzheimer's bankrupted me. Its unrealistic to think families can shoulder this alone.
Apr 6, 2018 Preston Duckett My younger Brother had this horrific disease
Apr 6, 2018 Jo Starcher
Apr 6, 2018 sandra marron
Apr 5, 2018 Sandra Krooswyk This needs to be categorized as a disease immediately if not sooner.
Apr 4, 2018 Pamela Norton My mother has Dementia and I need long term care for her.
Apr 4, 2018 Desiree Girotto
Apr 4, 2018 Jennifer Shryock
Apr 4, 2018 James Queen
Apr 4, 2018 Wendy Morton My husband was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at just 62 years old and I am so afraid of how I’m going to handle his care as this horrible disease progresses!!
Apr 4, 2018 Shanna Fouts
Apr 4, 2018 Sandra Knapp My father died of Alzheimer's, after years of decline and then 24-hour care. I couldn't cry when he died; I was glad for the end of his suffering and that of my mother.
Apr 4, 2018 Elaine Kinder
Apr 4, 2018 Sheila Roney
Apr 4, 2018 Laurie Richardson
Apr 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please help these people.
Apr 4, 2018 Deborah Cohen
Apr 4, 2018 Cynthia Gugenberger
Apr 4, 2018 Patricia Hallahan Alzheimer's is an illness. Treatment for all bona fide illnesses should be covered. Period.

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