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Congress wants to cut Medicare Advantage programs

Original post made by Julie Parker, another community, on Oct 1, 2021

Reports that Congress is planning to cut the Medicare Advantage program to pay for other items in the big "human infrastructure" reconciliation bill are troubling to me.

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.

Comments (2)

Posted by Mackenzie Johnson
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 2, 2021 at 10:50 am

Mackenzie Johnson is a registered user.

Medicare Advantage is too restrictive from the standpoint of options.

For those falling below a certain income level, Basic Medicare + Medi-Cal (for Part B) is a better choice.

Posted by Paul Church
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Nov 9, 2021 at 6:13 pm

Paul Church is a registered user.

Medicare Advantage worked for my mother quite well and it's what I plan for myself. The premium you pay for these plans is very low - with some being $0. And it covers all the Medicare parts, including prescriptions - a pretty major expense when you're diabetic. All the plans I saw capped out of pocket expenses, which I don't believe is possible with traditional Medicare. And there were several that gave you dental and vision coverage, something we apparently are not going to get from Congress any time soon.

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