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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 42 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 42

(By Delegates Longstreth, Anderson, Armstead, Ashley, Azinger, Beach, Boggs, Border, Brown, Butcher Campbell, Cann, Caputo, Carmichael, Crosier, Duke, Eldridge, Ellem, Ennis, Evans, Ferro, Fleischauer, Fragale, Frazier, Givens, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hatfield, Hunt, Hutchins, Klempa, Kominar, Mahan, Manypenny, Marshall, McGeehan, Michael, Miley, C. Miller, Moore, Morgan, Moye, Overington, Paxton, Perdue, Pethtel, D. Poling, M. Poling, Porter, Reynolds, Rodighiero, Romine, Shook, Shott, Skaff, Sobonya, Spencer, Staggers, Stephens, Stowers, Susman, Tabb, Talbott, Varner, Walker, Wells and Wooton)




Urging the members of the West Virginia Congressional delegation to phase out Medicare's two-year waiting period so that persons under age sixty-five with Alzheimer's disease are eligible for Medicare immediately after receiving their determination of disability.

Whereas, The West Virginia Legislature recognizes that Alzheimer's disease is the twenty-first century's health epidemic; and
Whereas, The West Virginia Legislature recognizes that ten million baby boomers in the United States will develop Alzheimer's disease; and
Whereas, The Legislature of West Virginia recognizes that one in eight baby boomers in the United States will develop Alzheimer's; and
Whereas, People under age sixty-five with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia whose employment is terminated because of the disease are likely to lose job-related health insurance and may become uninsured and uninsurable; and
Whereas, Individuals with young-onset Alzheimer's disease who qualify for Medicare benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) must wait five months after the eligibility determination is made to start receiving SSDI benefits and twenty-four months after that date for Medicare benefits to start; and
Whereas, The Medicare waiting period causes many people with Alzheimer's disease to decide whether they will face high medical out-of-pocket expenditures for care or forgo medical care; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature of West Virginia requests the U.S. Congress to phase out Medicare's two year waiting period so that persons under age sixty-five with Alzheimer's disease are eligible for Medicare immediately after receiving their determination of disability; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to members of the West Virginia congressional delegation, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate.
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