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CMS Decision on Treatment Coverage: What It Means for People Living with Alzheimer's

CMS Decision on Treatment Coverage: What It Means for People Living with Alzheimer's
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a draft decision that essentially denies coverage of treatments targeting amyloid for Alzheimer’s disease, including aducanumab (Aduhelm), the first FDA-approved therapy to address the underlying biology of Alzheimer’s disease. The proposal deals a serious blow to everyone with dementia.

This decision must be reversed.

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FDA-approved Alzheimer’s treatments denied coverage

The CMS draft decision effectively denies Medicare coverage of FDA-approved medications for Alzheimer’s disease unless the person is enrolled in an approved clinical trial. This proposal severely restricts the number of people who could benefit from treatments today, and essentially blocks coverage of an entire class of potential future treatments designed to help those facing Alzheimer’s.

Medicare has always covered FDA-approved treatments for those living with other conditions like cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. For CMS to treat those with Alzheimer’s disease differently than those with other diseases is unprecedented and unacceptable.

94% of American voters support Medicare coverage for aducanumab.


New barriers to treatment

Alzheimer’s disease is a national crisis. But instead of addressing it in a thoughtful, effective and equitable manner, CMS is building barriers between the first treatments to bring relief and the people who are desperate for it.

With the proposed approach, only the privileged few with access to research institutions would have access to treatment — a move that will exacerbate and create further health inequities among those who are already disproportionately impacted by this fatal disease.


Listen to the real consequences of this decision for people living with Alzheimer’s.

What you can do

CMS must change its draft decision, which discriminates against people with Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association calls on CMS and the Biden administration to hear the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. We need your help to make sure they’re listening — make your voice heard.

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