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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


Nov 17, 2017 Christine Gaudet
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2017 Gina Jones
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2017 Kathy Johnson
Nov 16, 2017 Toots Navalle
Nov 16, 2017 Linda Neish This is a real problem for our elder generation. They need the help from the government they were told would be there in their retirement years!!!
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) My husband died at 51 from FT Dementia
Nov 15, 2017 Georgie Lupi
Nov 15, 2017 Kathleen Behrens
Nov 15, 2017 Dianne Larkin
Nov 14, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Nov 13, 2017 Melissa DeStefano My mother is suffering with this horrible disease. My brother and I struggle to help her... and she doesn’t qualify for Medicaid... has paid for Private insurance and Medicare her whole life and can’t get the help she deserves.
Nov 13, 2017 Gwen Piekarz
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is an important issue. My mother had this for 10 years. It is Isa devastating disease on the entire family.
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 11, 2017 Chris Astone
Nov 11, 2017 Alfredo T. Chavez
Nov 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 11, 2017 Karen Polizzi
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Nov 10, 2017 Karen Yoder
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Nov 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Kathy Hooper My mother n law is 88yrs old she is in Late stage of Alzheimer's . We moved her in with us 2yrs go.
Nov 10, 2017 Doreen Spenillo Consider how You or your loved ones would be affected if you or one of them were to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia or one of the conditions that decrease our mental capacity as we get older.
Nov 10, 2017 Claire Siegel
Nov 10, 2017 Nanette Silva To our law makers, keep in mind the phrase "there but for the grace of God go I" when you are making policy and voting.
Nov 10, 2017 Joann Johnson
Nov 10, 2017 Karen Roberts I am caring for my dad(97) and mom(89) both with dementia. It is becoming harder to manage their care and help them live better.
Nov 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Chris Broyer My mother had Alzheimer's Disease. She had a horrible time until she died.
Nov 10, 2017 Cathy Matteo
Nov 9, 2017 Barbara M. Gentile
Nov 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 9, 2017 CHARLOTTE AMBURN
Nov 9, 2017 Janette Smith A disgrace!
Nov 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Once my mother had dementia I cared for her while also holding a full time job. Evenings and weekends were (unpaid) "my shift". I worked to pay for caregivers M-F on day shift. Used my savings too since there was no help from Medicare. Fix this NOW!!
Nov 8, 2017 doris gonen
Nov 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) Most horrific thing I've ever gone through. My Mother suffers from this disease and our government needs to step up to the plate for the elderly in our country.
Nov 7, 2017 Michelle Black I had no idea that medicare stops caring for people with Alzheimer's. Make it happen!
Nov 7, 2017 Beverly Roche
Nov 6, 2017 Donna J o Acrey
Nov 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2017 Kim Anthony
Nov 5, 2017 Colleen Morris
Nov 5, 2017 Patricia Morris

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