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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


Dec 16, 2017 Steve Vontalge
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2017 Karly Brennan
Dec 14, 2017 Connie Lantz
Dec 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have been caring for my husband for just over six years. (He is 76, I am 59). I have been on the transplant list for a kidney for four of those years. Currently, I am on 'hold' as I have no one to care for my husband should I get 'the call'. HELP!!!
Dec 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I hope something is done. My mother is in dire need of long term care.She was diagnosed with it 2 years ago. She cannot get ling term care through her Medicare. My 82 year old father has to care for her.She has fallen twice.This isn't right
Dec 13, 2017 Celestine Phillips
Dec 13, 2017 Gloria Reid Please help the families of those with Alzheimer's and all the dementias that fall under it. It's a shame that facilities cost as much as they do and most families cannot afford to place family members in decent places. PLEASE HELP!
Dec 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Very necessary. I am 76 and am you husband sole caregiver. He is 82 and has alzheimers for 6 years
Dec 12, 2017 PJ Baker My husband was diagnosed with Early Inset Alzheimer’s at the age of 60. It has been 8 yrs. Presently, we do not qualify for any type of help because we are of the middle class. I am worried we will lose everything to pay for his future needs.
Dec 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2017 Jeni Perez
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) My mother’s life savings was used up until she could qualify for Medicaid. So sad that she did not enjoy the fruits of her labor
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 Bernadette McMahon
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 Mallory McGee
Dec 9, 2017 Kathleen Im having to pay 6500
Dec 9, 2017 Kelly Smith
Dec 9, 2017 Jill Hendricks
Dec 9, 2017 Sheri little
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 8, 2017 Becky Humphreys
Dec 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 8, 2017 Patricia Hartley
Dec 8, 2017 Shana Holtkamp This is very important.
Dec 1, 2017 Barbara Trefethen
Nov 29, 2017 Maureen Doyle
Nov 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 28, 2017 Elaine Davis
Nov 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2017 Carrie Roberts
Nov 27, 2017 Andrea Germain
Nov 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2017 Scott Johnson
Nov 27, 2017 Tina Pickard
Nov 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) MCR should cover long term care for Altzheimers.
Nov 26, 2017 Sharon Casson
Nov 26, 2017 Kimberly Maloy
Nov 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Family of elders need help to obtain decent care for their loved ones.
Nov 26, 2017 Jackie Anderson
Nov 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is important!
Nov 26, 2017 Teresa DeBaker
Nov 26, 2017 Donna Boorse
Nov 26, 2017 Kelly Trussell
Nov 26, 2017 Shayla Davis This is SO SO important.
Nov 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Something needs to be done for earlier detection of this horrific disease. There also needs to be more help available for those who can't afford long term care. My mom has it and we are waiting for medicaid, but it takes forever to get.

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