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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


Jul 19, 2017 Susan Hartson My husband has young on-set Alzheimer's. The issue of medical care and long-term care is an important one that needs support. Thank you.
Jul 19, 2017 Susan Barnard
Jul 17, 2017 nichole watts
Jul 14, 2017 Laura Manion
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 Jerry Wylie
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Julianne Willis My Mother is currently suffering. The cost of her care is a serious issue and we do not know what we will do when the savings runs out. Long term care from Medicare is essential!
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please help our parents and loved ones!! They have help us!
Jul 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please help these people! USA helps so many others, why not their own people
Jul 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2017 Debbie Hood
Jul 8, 2017 Regina Davis
Jul 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2017 Jan Davis
Jul 8, 2017 Deborah Van Norman Families have to sell everything the parent owns to get state assistance! This is devastating to a lot of us who can't keep the parent at home. Medicare should help cover these cost!
Jul 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2017 Mary Talerico
Jul 8, 2017 Irma Rivera
Jul 8, 2017 Terry Wise It should not matter what illness befalls an elder person on Medicare, it should be covered 100% like any other catastrophic, terminal illness.
Jul 8, 2017 Lori Boyer
Jul 8, 2017 Linda Sheehan
Jul 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2017 Margaret Ligner As someone who has been the primary caretaker and responsible party for someone with Alzheimer's for 12 years I can tell you this is very necessary. For the safety and health of these patients, there absolutely is a need.
Jul 7, 2017 Stephanie Alyce Kumanchik
Jul 7, 2017 Karen Shimer
Jul 7, 2017 Larisah Sheldon
Jul 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) I lost my husband two years ago and am still dealing with the costs of his care.
Jul 7, 2017 DEnise Hansen
Jul 7, 2017 Carol Johnson
Jul 7, 2017 Diane Beale
Jul 7, 2017 Roberta Lopis My Mom has Alzheimer's. I was able to get her Medicaid approved. Thank GOD. Unless you have a parent or family member with Alzheimer's, you truly do not know what caretakers experience daily. Please hear us.
Jul 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2017 Joni Springman
Jul 7, 2017 Andrew Blakely
Jul 7, 2017 Lynne McCormick
Jul 6, 2017 Emily Holt
Jul 6, 2017 Chris Mason
Jul 6, 2017 Cheri Wilke
Jul 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2017 Toni Williams
Jul 6, 2017 Kara Gillan Please 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.
Jul 6, 2017 Erin Endres
Jul 6, 2017 Jon Hambach
Jul 6, 2017 Cynthia Blakely

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