Protect Families Living with Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) have called on Congress to preserve access to Medicaid services for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and provide affordable access to health care for individuals with pre-existing conditions like Alzheimer’s. Medicaid is the only public program that covers the long-term nursing home stays that most people with dementia require in the late stages of the disease. Medicaid also covers home and community-based services which are critical for people with dementia, particularly in the early and middle stages of the disease.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As you consider changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), I urge you to ensure that any legislation contains the strongest provisions possible to address the particular challenges and concerns of the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and, without significant action, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's by 2050. Today, another person develops the disease every 66 seconds; by 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds. This explosive growth will cause Alzheimer's costs to increase from an estimated $259 billion in 2017 to $1.1 trillion in 2050 (in 2017 dollars).

I urge you to protect affordable access to health care for individuals with pre-existing conditions like Alzheimer's and other dementias. This is especially important to the 200,000 Americans under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

It is also essential to preserve access to quality care through Medicaid coverage for people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Medicaid is the only public program that covers the long-term nursing home stays that most people with dementia require in the late stages of the disease. Medicaid also covers home and community-based services which are critical for people with dementia, particularly in the early and middle stages of the disease. More than one in four seniors with Alzheimer's and other dementias are currently on Medicaid. With the number of people with the disease set to nearly triple in the coming decades, it is crucial that Congress ensures continued access to Medicaid services for this vulnerable population that has long relied on them.

As your constituent, I urge you to ensure that any proposal to reform the health care system preserves access to affordable, quality health care for people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]