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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


Feb 27, 2017 Larissa S
Feb 26, 2017 Franz Owczarek
Feb 26, 2017 Mike Biggs
Feb 26, 2017 christine burgess
Feb 23, 2017 LaVonna Beers
Feb 23, 2017 Sonya Parsons
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) Absolutely Medicare should be covering this horrible disease that affects everyone involved 100%!
Feb 23, 2017 Rachel Miller I watched my Mother suffer, and my Dad trying to take care of her at home until we eventually had to put her in an assisted care facility. It was ridiculously expensive, thankfully we had the money to cover the cost. Not everyone is so lucky.
Feb 23, 2017 Jill Jaramski
Feb 22, 2017 Ginger Cunningham
Feb 21, 2017 AnneMarie Lowell
Feb 21, 2017 Christopher Foxwell
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) This health epidemic must be addressed and assistance given to families struggling to provide care for their loved ones. Bankruptcy is a real and ever present fear for those who have worked their entire lives only to have their assets devoured by alzheime
Feb 15, 2017 Lynne Dickert please fund 💯 % for Alzheimer's care for each patient and family dealing with this horrible disease.
Feb 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) My husband's mother and two of his uncles died with this terrible disease. My husband is now 70 and I live with the fear of him getting the disease with no help in sight. If medicare would help, it would be a great relief to many families.
Feb 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) What happens when there is no one to take care of them? They are left alone and helpless.
Feb 13, 2017 Diane Plunkett
Feb 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2017 Jessica Couch
Feb 11, 2017 Charles Falk Heartbreaking for all....please help...
Feb 11, 2017 sandy keeley My husband is living with Lewy Body dementia and Parkinson's. I am his full time caregiver and am always looking for help.
Feb 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2017 Susan Roarke
Feb 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please pay it!
Feb 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2017 Cyndi Sutton
Feb 8, 2017 Suzanne Gay
Feb 8, 2017 Betty Carter
Feb 8, 2017 Victoria Brown
Feb 8, 2017 Peggy Keene
Feb 8, 2017 Joyce Ramsey
Feb 8, 2017 Vicki Gates
Feb 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2017 Gena McGee
Feb 8, 2017 Christine Coletti
Feb 7, 2017 Donna Ferris This is a huge and growing problem!
Feb 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) We work our whole life, & pay for Medicare, to have them drop us, just when WE need help!
Feb 7, 2017 Jeanny Adams
Feb 7, 2017 Amber Huntley
Feb 7, 2017 James Ernst
Feb 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2017 Renee Tollack Needed!
Feb 7, 2017 Ellen Streiner
Feb 7, 2017 Sharon Miller
Feb 7, 2017 Barbar Eichhorst Give these families the help they need
Feb 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) Alzheimers should be covered 100% these people are helpless and can't speak for them selves. Vote to help them in every way.
Feb 7, 2017 Becky McGahan
Feb 7, 2017 Beverly Folkes

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