Letter Endorsing Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer?s Act of 2015

2015-04-27T16:44:00+00:00April 27th, 2015|Letters 114th|

April 27, 2015

The Honorable Christopher Smith
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Smith:

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to endorse H.R. 1559, the “Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act of 2015.”

The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would provide Medicare coverage of a care-management planning session to help people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their family members.  The session would improve outcomes for individuals and caregivers by providing them with information about available treatments and support services, which can improve the quality of life both for the Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.  S. 857 also would ensure that a dementia diagnosis and care plan is included in an individual’s medical record so all treating physicians could better manage their care.  

The National Committee shares your view about the importance of providing care for current Alzheimer’s patients and support for their caregivers in addition to calling for increased funding for research to prevent and cure this devastating disease.

The National Committee commends you for introducing the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, and we look forward to working with you to enact this important Medicare benefit.

 

Sincerely,

Max Richtman
President and CEO

This letter was also sent to Senators Susan Collins, Shelly Capito and Ed Markey

April 27, 2015

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Stabenow:

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to endorse S. 857, the “Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act of 2015,” which you introduced along with Senators Susan Collins, Edward Markey and Shelley Moore Capito.

The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would provide Medicare coverage of a care-management planning session to help people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their family members.  The session would improve outcomes for individuals and caregivers by providing them with information about available treatments and support services, which can improve the quality of life both for the Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.  S. 857 also would ensure that a dementia diagnosis and care plan is included in an individual’s medical record so all treating physicians could better manage their care.  

The National Committee shares your view about the importance of providing care for current Alzheimer’s patients and support for their caregivers in addition to calling for increased funding for research to prevent and cure this devastating disease.

The National Committee commends you for introducing the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, and we look forward to working with you to enact this important Medicare benefit.

 

Sincerely,

Max Richtman
President and CEO