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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


Jun 28, 2017 Jean Wutzbacher
Jun 27, 2017 Joann Hess
Jun 27, 2017 Rebecca Twaites
Jun 27, 2017 Rosanne Capalbo
Jun 27, 2017 Cecelia Ferrufino
Jun 27, 2017 Jim Faulks
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 Maryann Drako
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Jun 27, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jun 27, 2017 June Curley
Jun 27, 2017 JOHN PASQUA
Jun 27, 2017 Pamela Baize
Jun 27, 2017 Lisa Emeott
Jun 27, 2017 DeeDee Berkshire
Jun 27, 2017 CeCe Fuhrman
Jun 27, 2017 David Tinnon
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) At some point family caregivers can't take care of a loved one with more advanced Alzheimer's. Medicare needs to step up and help with some of this expense at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, group resident homes.
Jun 27, 2017 anna bermingham
Jun 27, 2017 Alice Polesky
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 Dana Oholorogg
Jun 27, 2017 Lori Visioli
Jun 27, 2017 Kay Beams Medicare needs 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.
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 John Varner
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 Lori Chow
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have been a caregiver and I gave up a lucrative law career to be one. Now, I am a struggling senior myself because I lost years of saving for retirement as a result. Alzheimer's affects far more than the individual who has it!
Jun 27, 2017 Brenda Peppard
Jun 27, 2017 Ellen Dexter
Jun 27, 2017 Diana Fillips
Jun 27, 2017 Patti Bailley
Jun 27, 2017 kelly foss congress seems to be taking a huge backstep for medicare, social security and medicaid. where is their humanity?
Jun 27, 2017 Debbie Brittain
Jun 27, 2017 Ginger Lee Pierce
Jun 27, 2017 Jane Kitzmiller
Jun 27, 2017 Lorene Miller
Jun 27, 2017 Helen Wright
Jun 27, 2017 Debbie Bonnet
Jun 27, 2017 Judy Childers
Jun 27, 2017 Carole Burklow
Jun 27, 2017 Rosamaria Torres
Jun 27, 2017 Rose Koller This kind of help is needed so we don't go bankrupt or have to keep our elderly in unsafe conditions. Enough tax breaks for the rich already; do something for our citizens who worked all their lives and now need help.
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) Anyone who lives long enough, will eventually get have some form of dementia. This means you, your children, your parents, EVERYONE! To ignore this issue and NOT provide proper care for an aging population, is criminal.
Jun 27, 2017 cormier holly
Jun 27, 2017 BETH MORRIS

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