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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 30, 2017 Rhonda Gregory Help!
Apr 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am a caregiver for my husband who was diagnosed with Frontotemporal dementia. It's so hard to watch him slip away and I sure could use help in this journey.
Apr 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2017 Charlotte Jones
Apr 30, 2017 Lorisa Cheney Medicare, please find a way. People need help.
Apr 30, 2017 Lisa Broussard We owe it to our seniors to demand better care for them. This disease is rampant and until there is a cure, we need to be able to count on Medicare to step up.
Apr 30, 2017 Dawn Taylor My grandmother had alzheimers and my father in law had dementia. I would love to see more funding go to help these diseases as no one understands them until you actually have to deal with them. Please provide more funding. <3
Apr 30, 2017 Becky Houlihan
Apr 30, 2017 Bernadette Chargualaf
Apr 30, 2017 Sasha Starr
Apr 30, 2017 Marie Daniels
Apr 30, 2017 JoAnn Heid
Apr 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2017 Denise Contrael My husband is suffering with this horrible disease and I'm his caregiver please help.
Apr 30, 2017 Erik Lenz
Apr 30, 2017 Dawn Foley
Apr 30, 2017 Kelly Shelton
Apr 30, 2017 Veronica Diaz-Soyo My father has Alzheimer's. My mother is his care-giver. They are hard working people. She needs the help!
Apr 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 Pam Schrenk
Apr 29, 2017 Lorie Riedl Please help us and ensure our loved ones are cared for under Medicare. We are paying $7,500 out of pocket to care for our dear mother and the costs will continue to increase. if she were able to put together a sentence, she would beg for your help.
Apr 29, 2017 Josie Gillespie
Apr 29, 2017 Tricia DesMarais
Apr 29, 2017 Laura Chenevert My husband was diagnosed at 53. Very scary for both of us.
Apr 29, 2017 Linda Moss
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 Pam Tackett
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 Holly Traynor
Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 Amie Wittmeyer
Apr 29, 2017 Alita Dorrington
Apr 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2017 Andrea Buzzell
Apr 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2017 Dawn Kallin
Apr 28, 2017 Julianne Cowan
Apr 28, 2017 Jan Tyda Please help. My husband was diagnosed at 57 and he is now 62. We have spent all his retirement money and are getting desperate. I was cheated out of a future with my beloved husband and need help. Won't you please help us with this fatal dreadful disease?
Apr 28, 2017 Patricia Stone
Apr 28, 2017 Amy Swenson My mom was diagnosed at the age of 57 and passed away at 69. Such a terrible disease for the person and their families. This disease tore our family apart!
Apr 28, 2017 Erika Livingston
Apr 27, 2017 Patsy Smith
Apr 27, 2017 Sue Veizaga
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 Julie Kasbeer

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