Medicare Advantage needs protection

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:31 PM

Contributed, Henrietta Abeyta


The $200 billion proposed cut from Medicare Advantage over the next few years is more than enough. There should be no further funding reductions. If more cuts are made in the next budget, it will signal how unfair the government is being to older people in this country who have worked hard and contributed to the program. We were promised these benefits way back when, and the government doesn’t have the right to take them away.

Seniors on Medicare Advantage plans get benefits beyond what traditional Medicare offers, including dental and vision. These should never be considered “extras” or look at as expendable during budget cuts. Cancer patients who receive radiation often have problems with their teeth. Some plans don’t even cover dentures or a half plate, and since we need healthy teeth, I don’t understand how these plans can tell people that dentures aren’t medically necessary. Since many plans already don’t cover these important services, I would not like to see the impact that any further cuts would have.

Since I have been old enough to vote, I have always voiced my opinion at the polls, and recently, I have been writing my government officials about issues that are important to me. My plan allows me to see good doctors who are right up the street, and it also helps pay for prescriptions that I may need. It is critical that I am able to continue to access the same quality care, and I want the same for other seniors. Congress must protect Medicare Advantage funding when the next budget is rolled out.

Henrietta Abeyta


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