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Support Alzheimer’s law

To the editor:

For individuals like my father who are living with Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers, care planning is essential to learning about medical and non-medical treatments, clinical trials, and support services available in their community.

Accessing these services results in a higher quality of life.

Thankfully as of January 2017, Medicare covers critical care planning services. However, not enough patients and providers are aware of this resource. That’s why I’m asking Congressman Bobby Scott, Congresswoman Elaine Luria, Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Tim Kaine to cosponsor the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 880/H.R. 1873).

The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services through Medicare. Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association and its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act will give them the knowledge and tools to better help their patients and families living with dementia.

Please join me in asking Congressman Scott, Congresswoman Luria, Senator Warner and Senator Kaine to support the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.

Thank you!

Rachel Radspinner

Virginia Beach