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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


Jan 17, 2018 Diane Coyle Medicare needs to step up. Now more than ever. 100% long term care is what’s needed. Families are fighting with everything they’ve got, money, attorneys, to help pay to keep their loved ones in long term care. Medicare needs to do the right thing. 100%!
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Robin Hogue
Jan 15, 2018 Maureen Reed
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Tamera Renn
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) We do need some help, have been caring for my husband for over 15 years. We need HELP.
Jan 14, 2018 Lisa Sizemore As a person caring for their spouse with dementia for the past 5 years with NO support this is a much needed service.
Jan 14, 2018 karen calvert
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) I currently am the primary caregiver for my mom who has Alzheimer’s and lives with me and my family. Having the long term care of this disease covered by Medicare would be a huge help to me and my family.
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Daryll Zigler
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) A cure is needed! Until a cure is found long term care needs to happen!!
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Barbara Baisden
Jan 13, 2018 Kathy Jodway
Jan 13, 2018 mildred bass my mother had alzheimers but she died from pancreatitis. it is the most horrible medical disease. i miss her so much. medicare should help more.
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Sharon Dunham Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that needs more research for a cure and financial help for those having the disease.
Jan 12, 2018 Sarah Smith
Jan 12, 2018 Amy Dingman Hey Medicare, 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.
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) I have seen the effects of this disease up close and personal for the past 5 years and luckily as a Social Worker was able to navigate care system to get my mother the care she needed as she is in the end stages of this disease. Medicare is needed.
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 Karen Marden Both parents with Alzheimer's
Jan 10, 2018 Margo Strain
Jan 10, 2018 Deanna McKinney
Jan 10, 2018 Vicki Black
Jan 10, 2018 Melanie Stodghill
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 Sloan Shafer My father has this right now. Please help.
Jan 10, 2018 Christine David
Jan 9, 2018 Heidi Schmidt
Jan 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) Yes please step up.
Jan 8, 2018 Colleen Streetman
Jan 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) We can't pay the costs and we can't stay! I am a daughter of an alzheimer victim. I barely sleep because I took the night care of my dad and in the day I worked on an office. In work they always seen me sad and tired. We dont receive help from anybody.
Jan 8, 2018 Patti Porter
Jan 8, 2018 Teresa Keeler
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 31, 2017 catt napp My mother has developed dementia. There's nothing for her except standard Medicare.
Dec 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 31, 2017 Eileen Schmidt Please help with this devastating disease to both the patient and their familiy
Dec 31, 2017 James & Stephanie Cradduck
Dec 31, 2017 Mildred Huffmire
Dec 31, 2017 (Name not displayed) Many elder didn't have the income to save for these years and Medicare needs to help. Please!

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