Fourteen years ago I underwent a liver transplant. At the time I only had traditional Medicare, which meant I was responsible for 20 percent of an expensive medical bill. That experience is what prompted me to find Medicare Advantage.
In 2010 $200 billion in funding was cut from this program, which caused the cost associated with Medicare Advantage plans to increase. As a result, the people who need Advantage plans the most, America’s seniors, are finding healthcare unaffordable once again.
I am concerned that if more cuts are made to the program Advantage plans will provide no real benefit to policy holders. When I first started with Medicare Advantage I had no premium, but it has increased to $42 per month. I also have a $75 annual deductible, in addition to co-pays for every doctor’s visit and prescription. When you’re a transplant recipient, like me, there are lots of medications and doctor’s visits to account for! It is essential that the funding for Medicare Advantage is preserved, so I can continue to get the care I need at a reasonable price.
Millions of seniors depend on Medicare Advantage for access to affordable medical care. I urge Congress, and especially Rep. Walker, to resist any efforts to eliminate funding the Medicare Advantage program. America’s seniors will be watching and voting accordingly in the upcoming election.