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Sponsored by: The Alzheimer's Site

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


Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 22, 2017 Joanne Barrett
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 Jill Hutchison
Jan 20, 2017 Melora Jackson
Jan 19, 2017 Mary Davis Please find a cure for this awful disease and find the long stay usually in a nursing home
Jan 18, 2017 Cynthia Premru
Jan 17, 2017 B Willoughby
Jan 17, 2017 Cherilyn Patterson
Jan 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2017 Pat Webb
Jan 15, 2017 Joe Lentine
Jan 15, 2017 cindy schubert
Jan 15, 2017 Marcia Henson I have an aunt with Alzheimer's and her children are her caregivers. Long term care for a family member, no matter what disease they are dealing with, can be devastating to the family financially and mentally. Please help by funding research.
Jan 15, 2017 Diane Shelton
Jan 15, 2017 Ann Marie Lasinski
Jan 15, 2017 Robin Caltagirone
Jan 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2017 Debbie Kouse
Jan 12, 2017 Sandy Amador
Jan 12, 2017 Melanie Ringel
Jan 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 cynthia geracoulis PLEASE!
Jan 11, 2017 Kathryn Gale I am currently caring 24/7 for my step-mom with Alzheimers. If I need a break I have to pay for respite. Being that I am a single parent of three and my step-mom requires care 24/7 I am unable to work because I can't afford adult daycare
Jan 11, 2017 Judie Leos
Jan 8, 2017 Donna Miller
Jan 7, 2017 Kim Wojtonik
Jan 7, 2017 Barb Stolzmann
Jan 6, 2017 Libby W.
Jan 5, 2017 Kathleen Buda-Gozy
Jan 4, 2017 Darlene Crawford
Jan 4, 2017 Linda Tabb
Jan 4, 2017 Patricia Mansfield
Jan 2, 2017 Jamie Neal
Dec 31, 2016 Linda Fisher The strain placed on EVERYONE associated with the patient is beyond overwhelming, it takes caregiver's health from them! It takes their lives away from them.Please don't abandon these patients and their caregivers! Thanking you in advance for your support
Dec 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2016 Richard Gunst
Dec 28, 2016 Julia Patrick
Dec 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2016 James Haguewood
Dec 28, 2016 Angela Stier
Dec 28, 2016 john cabala
Dec 28, 2016 Susan Snyder Alzheimer's patients cannot be left alone with no care, and most families cannot afford to pay for long term care. Medicare is the obvious solution. We all pay into medicare all our lives. It's time for medicare to pay back.
Dec 28, 2016 marcy bernstein People with Alzheimer's need long term care. Congress needs to get the funds and cover long term care for people with Alzheimer's.
Dec 28, 2016 Averill Waterhouse
Dec 28, 2016 Patricia Klein
Dec 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2016 Christine Jacobs
Dec 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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