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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


Oct 17, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 17, 2017 Juliet Ohnemus
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Oct 17, 2017 Beth Hamblin
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Oct 16, 2017 Sharon McRae
Oct 16, 2017 Kathy Harwood Please help!
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Oct 16, 2017 Susan Beard
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) America needs this help!
Oct 16, 2017 Fawn Wasylyk
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Oct 15, 2017 Jamie Farr My dad is a Navy veteran, he is 84 and is suffering with this awful disease
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Oct 15, 2017 Mary Hoch
Oct 15, 2017 Tara Parham I am a nurse and see the devastation Alzheimer’s has on families. Enventually longtime care is necessary, but Medicare does not cover this need.
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Oct 15, 2017 SANDRA Vann
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Oct 15, 2017 Donna Pastva
Oct 15, 2017 Tammy Sikes
Oct 15, 2017 Vicki Null
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Oct 15, 2017 Loretta Blocker
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please cover Alzheimer’s 100%
Oct 15, 2017 Barbara Mcentyre
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Oct 15, 2017 Carol Backus
Oct 15, 2017 Amanda Bonura
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Oct 15, 2017 Donna Mayne
Oct 15, 2017 Beverly Hall My mother has the onset of dementia. She gets very angry that she can't remember words. I cannot afford to stay home to care for her. I need help.
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Susan Hotchkiss
Oct 15, 2017 Robert Jensen
Oct 15, 2017 Nancy Maciel
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) We have no assistance from Medicare or United Healthcare and the costs are very high. We will be out of money in a short amount of time and don't know what we will do. She was diagnosed 14 years ago.
Oct 15, 2017 Tonya Hopkins
Oct 15, 2017 Bonnie Culbertson
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