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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 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
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Apr 29, 2017 Pam Tackett
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Apr 29, 2017 Holly Traynor
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Apr 29, 2017 Amie Wittmeyer
Apr 29, 2017 Alita Dorrington
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Apr 28, 2017 Andrea Buzzell
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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
Apr 26, 2017 Lisa Quintanar
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) My mom has Alzheimer's and would love be if Medicare would help cover long term care. It's incredibly expensive
Apr 26, 2017 Peggy Miller My Mother died from this horrible disease after 3 years. I took care of her, and it was so sad to watch her die slowly.
Apr 26, 2017 Melinda Penn Medicare needs to step up !!!
Apr 26, 2017 Rosanna Nappo This needs to be covered
Apr 26, 2017 Laura Negri
Apr 26, 2017 Wendy Norris
Apr 26, 2017 Teresita Iglesias
Apr 26, 2017 Jennifer Peters
Apr 26, 2017 Chantal Marancy
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Jacquie Brewer
Apr 25, 2017 Vickie Farnsworth This is going to become the greatest health care crisis that baby boomers will face. To not cover expenses for this disease makes a mockery of Medicare.
Apr 25, 2017 Kim Tate
Apr 25, 2017 Nanci Petty
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Heather Rickert
Apr 25, 2017 Judy Everett
Apr 25, 2017 Jarra Poe My husband has been in a dementia facility for o er a year and have been on full pay for 9 months. I have spent nearly all our life's saving for his care. I need more help from Medicade.

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