Oct 16, 2012

The Answers Start Here - Alzheimers.Gov

Have you visited the Alzheimers.gov website? This is the U.S government website that was set up by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to serve and inform the public. This is part of the National Plan to fight Alzheimer's disease.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

On the front page of the Alzheimer's.gov website there is a box that includes these words:

What does Medicare pay for?

I thought excellent. This is a frequently asked question that needs to be addressed. So I clicked on Find Our More. Then I started scratching my head.

Next, I decided to click on How do I pay for care and treatment services? (one of two options).

I looked down the page and went, Aha, there it is: Medicare's website provides details about Medicare coverage in general. I clicked and was taken to the generic front page of Medicare.gov.

Yikes, you have to be a rocket scientist to use the Medicare.gov website effectively.

Where is the answer to the question, What does Medicare pay for?

You can't get directly to it from the Alzheimers.Gov website. So I cannot tell you where the answer is. Why did they bother to ask?

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Did you know that not one red cent of the $100 million that was supposedly allocated to Alzheimer's via the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease for fiscal year 2013 has been approved?  PS. The fiscal year for the United States started on October 1. 2012. The earliest it might be approved is March, 2013. In other words, we might see the $100, we might not see the $100, or we might see a lesser amount.

Here is the video that appears on the front page of Alzheimers.Gov.

What do you think? Effective? Informative? Does it seem like anyone really cares? You paid for this, the taxpayer, so you are entitled to an opinion.

Oh well, like I have said before, it is going to be up to us.

Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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