Your Views: Do not compromise Medicare Advantage

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The news for senior citizens’ health care is not good. The government has already gutted Medicare Advantage by $200 billion, and there is the potential for more cuts. This loss of funds is bound to come out of policyholders’ pockets in the form of higher co-pays and/or premiums at some point. That’s going to hurt millions of senior citizens who are living on limited budgets.

My wife and I have the Humana plan, and so far it has worked out well. However, we have already seen slight increases in our premiums and co-pays. I need surgery on my back, so I will be requiring additional services soon. I am hoping everything will continue to be covered. If additional cutbacks are made to the Advantage plan, some doctors may stop accepting it, which would be a hardship for many people. Seniors like me prefer to stay with doctors who are familiar with our history. Fortunately, we’ve been able to keep our same doctors so far.

Further funding reductions from Medicare Advantage will certainly lower the quality of the care that seniors receive. This is unfortunate, seeing as how we have worked many years to earn access to this program. The government needs to find alternate solutions for expenditure reductions that do not involve cutting much-needed funding from Medicare Advantage. This program is a necessity for many Americans who are at or beyond retirement age, and it should not be compromised in any way.



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