Medicare Advantage is an increasingly popular way to access Medicare benefits, with nearly 50% of those eligible in California choosing this option. Because these plans are managed care, and providers benefit from healthier patients, Medicare Advantage patients do stay healthier.
With low or no premiums and a cap on out of pocket costs, 40% of enrollees make less than $25,000 per year and are more racially diverse than those who use traditional Medicare.
Regardless of income level, all recipients value these measure to control their own costs, as well as the absence of unpredictable bills for hospital share of cost. As someone who has recently experienced a major, life-threatening health event, which could have meant tens or even hundreds of thousands in medical bills, that is especially important to me.
I urge our Representatives in Congress to prevent cuts to Medicare Advantage and protect the 27 million seniors nationwide who use and value the Medicare Advantage program.