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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


Sep 21, 2017 Diane Pierce
Sep 21, 2017 Diane Bruno
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Sep 20, 2017 Janet Lunich Also, would be nice for Medicare to cover help for those who are in their homes. Many caregivers have no help, and can not afford the cost of outside help.
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Step up and cover 💯 of long term care for any person with Alzheimer's or any other dementia whose doctor has recommended long term care.
Sep 20, 2017 Suzanne Tisdale-Foucher My husband retired from the Navy after 31 years and Tricare and Medicare lasted only 100 days. His remaining nursing home care cost me $80,000 out of savings. We had saved for our new marriage retirement and I lost almost all of it. He died 2014.
Sep 20, 2017 Heather Gyecsek
Sep 19, 2017 james Horan
Sep 14, 2017 Cindi Miller
Sep 14, 2017 Cheryl Esquilin
Sep 14, 2017 Sally Simpson
Sep 14, 2017 Caroline Danielson
Sep 14, 2017 Sheila D
Sep 14, 2017 Christie Saulters
Sep 14, 2017 Brittney Hutson
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 Kathleen Mohorich Cover 100% of long term care for people with Alzheimer's
Sep 10, 2017 Wendy Branan
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Sep 4, 2017 Lorenza Falcinella
Aug 27, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 24, 2017 Mary Sue Brenneman
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) Let's get this done!
Aug 22, 2017 Jeannienar Bernard
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) I'm submitting this request on behalf of my friend. However, my family have been affected by this disease as well, and it's costly and emotionally draining to the families. Medicare needs to step up and cover the necessity treatment/care 💯.
Aug 22, 2017 JANE PEYTON There is truly a need for long time care for this illness and should absolutely be covered by medicare.
Aug 22, 2017 Lynda Esposito
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2017 Holly Jackson The elderly has always been like royalty to me my whole life. They've worked and sacrificed all their lives so it's time for someone to help them now. Nothing should keep them from getting the help they need, especially money. We owe it to them.
Aug 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2017 Kyle Hawkins
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Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 Stephanie Willbanks
Aug 20, 2017 Karen Duquette
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) My spouse has Alzheimer's and the homes are very expensive, I have long term care insurance which will pay 7,500 per month but the homes are 10,000. And up what do I do.
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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Aug 20, 2017 Elizabeth Kolisch
Aug 20, 2017 Kristina Boyce
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 Judy Haber
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) I Will Continue to Pray for a Cure but we do need some help in the meantime. PLEASE HELP the Families and patients and Caregivers.
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) I lost my mom to this cruel disease. My sister quit her job to take care of her and my dad. There should be help for caretakers, it is a huge burden without help. We need funding for a cure. Long term care is necessary for anyone with Alzheimer's.
Aug 20, 2017 Cathy Comeford
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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