Washington, DC - Representative Gene Green received the Alzheimer Associations 2009 Humanitarian Award Tuesday evening in recognition of his leadership and efforts to end the two-year waiting period for Medicare coverage for people with disabilities under the age of 65. The Humanitarian Award presentation took place during the 21st Annual Public Policy Forum, the Alzheimer’s Association’s yearly advocacy event.
“I am proud to reintroduce the Ending the Medicare Disability Waiting Period Act of 2009. It is unacceptable that this vulnerable population is forced to go without health insurance for two years because they cannot afford to pay for COBRA coverage or individual insurance before they qualify for Medicare coverage,” said Green.
“Phasing out the two-year waiting period is important to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease who may not have access to affordable health insurance and because of their illness are otherwise uninsurable.”
The Alzheimer Association also recognized Green’s support of the Geriatric Assessment and Chronic Care Coordination Act (H.R. 2244), which provides care coordination services for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. People with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are often unable to self manage their care and require the assistance of family and other caregivers.
Representative Green and Senator Bingaman have been selected to receive jointly the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2009 Humanitarian Award. Past recipients include President Ronald Reagan, Senators Arlen Specter, Tom Harkin, Mark Hatfield, Barbara Mikulski, Jay Rockefeller, Charles Grassley and Blanche Lincoln, and Representatives Steny Hoyer and Edward Markey.
“I am honored to join such prestigious previous recipients, and will continue my work as a member of the Subcommittee on Health to make sure that quality and affordable health care are available to all Americans,” said Green.