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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


Jul 16, 2018 Deanna Dietrich
Jul 16, 2018 Carole Lucas My mom had Alzheimer's, and my father ended up in financial ruin. They were married for 60 years, and spent every day sitting with my mom at the nursing home, and he was seriously considering divorce, not because he didn't love her,because of finances.
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Why with this disease climbing at such an alarming rate do we need to beg for help?
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Iris Castro
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Rita Main
Jul 14, 2018 Cheryl Grim Please help us. Alzheimer's is a horrible disease that robs patient & family.
Jul 14, 2018 Abgela Etheredge My mother had Dementia. It was a long and depilatory disease. More help is needed.
Jul 13, 2018 Ann Crotts
Jul 12, 2018 Suzanne Blanton
Jul 12, 2018 Laura Landgrebe
Jul 12, 2018 Francine Davis
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) These folks work their whole life,only to have everything taken from them and the burden is left on family
Jul 11, 2018 Suzanne Ferguson Please step up and recognize the needs that this terrible disease causes not only to the person suffering from it but also their families. They have already given so much.
Jul 11, 2018 Amy Mehlberg
Jul 10, 2018 Penny Julian
Jul 9, 2018 Cheryl Thomas
Jul 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2018 Riley Gordinier
Jul 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2018 Jill Davis Needed!
Jul 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2018 Alice Torch My husband has Alzheimer’s and this is a reality that has touched our lives. It has devastated us physically, emotionally and financially! It is totally unacceptable!
Jun 25, 2018 Beth Palumbo
Jun 24, 2018 Amanda Rensch
Jun 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Shelley Savage
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2018 VICTORIA saunders
Jun 15, 2018 Kimberly Sims
Jun 12, 2018 Wendy Farias
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) You have to start to cover long term care for the people with Alzheimer's. No reason it shouldn't be covered.
Jun 12, 2018 Christina Foley
Jun 11, 2018 Patti Baker Please know being a caregiver to is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. I had to take early retirement to take care of my husband 4 years ago. It is much harder than teaching a classroom of children. Caregiving is a 24/7 job.
Jun 10, 2018 Sandi Cunningham
Jun 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 Lorrey Gadberry
Jun 9, 2018 Danielle Payne
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed) Need help in long term care for patients with Alzheimer’s this is a must ‼️
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jun 9, 2018 Ron Worley

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