Coalition for Medicare Choices: Working Together to Save Medicare Advantage

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Ron and Barb Ulmer
Williamsport, PA

"We are long-time subscribers to Medicare Advantage. We put a premium on being active...
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"We are long-time subscribers to Medicare Advantage. We put a premium on being active, leading healthy lifestyles, and keeping our doctor's visits and related medical costs to a minimum, which is why we chose Medicare Advantage in the first place. Politicians in Washington have repeatedly pledged not to put us in a position where we might be forced to change from the plans we currently pay for and love. They should honor this pledge."

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Kay Rifkin
Tallahassee, FL

"My plan affords me flexibility with my healthcare options, all while providing terrific benefits at reasonable costs...
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"Once again, Washington has decided to make my healthcare choices for me. I have been a proud and happy customer of a Medicare Advantage plan — as have many of my friends here in Florida. My plan affords me flexibility with my healthcare options, all while providing terrific benefits at reasonable costs. Now, it appears to me that Washington has decided that these plans aren’t right for me. I wish regulators in DC would allow us, our nation’s seniors, to decide for ourselves the healthcare we want."

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Joyce M. Lubniewski
Letter to the Editor
The Journal Times (Wisconsin)

"Many seniors have worked hard for many years and shouldn’t have to worry about losing their health care coverage. Let’s be vocal in asking our representatives in Washington to do whatever they can to prevent any further cuts to Medicare Advantage."
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"This year, billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare Advantage will be rolled out, and I’m concerned that even more reductions will be considered. Our congressional delegation must support seniors and squelch any discussion of further cuts… Many seniors have worked hard for many years and shouldn’t have to worry about losing their health care coverage. Let’s be vocal in asking our representatives in Washington to do whatever they can to prevent any further cuts to Medicare Advantage."

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Fran Hanus
Letter to the Editor
Gazette Extra (Wisconsin)

"I urge our state’s congressional delegation…to look out for the 340,000 Wisconsin seniors on Medicare Advantage and work to prevent further cuts to this highly successful program."
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"Already last year, the program was hit with a 6.5 percent cut by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As a result of these continued cuts, beneficiaries will ultimately face higher out-of-pocket costs, fewer plan options from which to choose and lower quality health care… I urge our state’s congressional delegation…to look out for the 340,000 Wisconsin seniors on Medicare Advantage and work to prevent further cuts to this highly successful program."

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Vito and Sarah Carambia
Letter to the Editor
The Observer-Dispatch (New York)

"Despite their frail health, seniors vote and we are prepared to fight for our cause at the ballot box."
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"Despite their frail health, seniors vote and we are prepared to fight for our cause at the ballot box… The millions of seniors on Advantage plans need the public's support on this issue. Please let your representative in Congress know that making further cuts to Medicare Advantage is not acceptable!"

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Cynthia Roberts
Forest City, NC

"...I've always been able to trust that Medicare Advantage will cover my doctors’ bills without excessive out of pocket costs to me...
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"I've been on Medicare Advantage for as long as I can remember. One of the reasons I've maintained this plan is because I've always been able to trust that Medicare Advantage will cover my doctors’ bills without excessive out of pocket costs to me, which is the most important thing to me when it comes to my healthcare coverage. My biggest concern is that recently announced funding changes by regulators in Washington will make the payment process more of a headache for seniors like me—or worse yet, that I could lose my ability to pay for my doctors visits and medication altogether."

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Pam Gugle
Columbus, OH

"These cuts and taxes to the Medicare Advantage program are only a short-term solution, like putting a Band-Aid...
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"These cuts and taxes to the Medicare Advantage program are only a short-term solution, like putting a Band-Aid on a dam. Making services and benefits unavailable for senior citizens who have previously paid into this program is unacceptable, and these cuts will only lead to more long-term expenses in the future."

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James Snow
Letter to the Editor
The News-Record (North Carolina)

"Congress must protect the funding that remains for Medicare Advantage."
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"Any further cuts to the program will destabilize it, hurting the level of care and coverage available… Congress must protect the funding that remains for Medicare Advantage."

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Doris Donahoo
Letter to the Editor
The Paducah Sun (Kentucky)

"It is imperative that our members of Congress do whatever they can to protect older people in Kentucky, and throughout the country, from further healthcare cost increases or reductions in service."
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"It is imperative that our members of Congress do whatever they can to protect older people in Kentucky, and throughout the country, from further healthcare cost increases or reductions in service. They must stand up in opposition to any suggested funding cuts to Medicare Advantage in the coming months."

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Floyd and Joan Collett
Letter to the Editor
The Spectrum (Louisiana)

"As regular voters, we are ready to vote anyone out of office who does not protect this vital program from any future suggested cuts."
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"Our members of Congress need to defend the Advantage program from any more potential cuts… As regular voters, we are ready to vote anyone out of office who does not protect this vital program from any future suggested cuts."

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Judy Blackburn
Morristown, TN

"...we certainly don't need any additional costs added to our healthcare plans, nor do we want to lose any of our current benefits...
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"My husband, my mother and I are all covered by Medicare Advantage plans. We like having private sector choices for our healthcare. We are extremely concerned over the proposed federal cuts to Medicare Advantage plans because we certainly don't need any additional costs added to our healthcare plans, nor do we want to lose any of our current benefits. This is not the time to add more burdens to our seniors’ healthcare plans."

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Angelina Vorher
Salt Lake City, UT

"Should Washington allow government bureaucrats to reduce Medicare benefits for seniors like me on Medicare Advantage, they will be limiting options...
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"The 45-day notice issued by CMS is especially concerning to me. Should Washington allow government bureaucrats to reduce Medicare benefits for seniors like me on Medicare Advantage, they will be limiting options and placing this popular program out of reach for us. It’s unfortunate to learn of this development. I urge Congress to act to prevent this huge cut in our benefits under Medicare Advantage."

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Pat Fording
Salem, OR

"Medicare Advantage has allowed me to live a healthy and independent lifestyle, even as I've grown older...
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"Medicare Advantage has allowed me to live a healthy and independent lifestyle, even as I've grown older. While I haven't required much in the way of medical care or treatments, I attribute this entirely to the generous health services, preventive care, and wellness programs promoted by my Medicare Advantage coverage to help keep me away from the doctor. Plain and simple, this is a smart program that invests in providing seniors with good benefits to keep costs lower in the future. It should not be cut short."

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James & Carol Polarski
Letter to the Editor
Gazette Extra (Wisconsin)

"Healthcare for America's seniors in high on the list of priorities. Moving forward, our representatives in Washington need to help senior citizens across the country by opposing any further funding cuts to Medicare Advantage."
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"In our retirement years, we remain politically aware and active when an issue needs our support. Healthcare for America's seniors in high on the list of priorities. Moving forward, our representatives in Washington need to help senior citizens across the country by opposing any further funding cuts to Medicare Advantage."

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Frank and Santos Burcie
Letter to the Editor
The Star-Telegram (Texas)

"Further cuts to Medicare Advantage would negatively affect the health of many seniors."
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"Further cuts to Medicare Advantage would negatively affect the health of many seniors. If these types of programs are constantly on the chopping block, it will only add more stress during our most vulnerable years. Urge Congress to protect funding from Medicare Advantage."

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James and Donna Daugherty
Letter to the Editor
The Times-Record (Arkansas)

"There are far too many seniors who have to make the choice between paying for medication or groceries. We need our members of Congress to work together to ensure that no further cuts are made to the Medicare Advantage program…"
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"Like so many other older Americans, we live on a fixed income and unfortunately it’s just not enough to meet our needs. Increased costs to…Medicare Advantage health-care premiums, deductibles and copays would make it even worse. There are far too many seniors who have to make the choice between paying for medication or groceries. We need our members of Congress to work together to ensure that no further cuts are made to the Medicare Advantage program…"

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Rep. Joe Farrer (R-AR 44th District)
Director of Therapy Services for the North Metro Medical Center

"I see first-hand the value of Medicare Advantage with my patients. Every day, I see Arkansas seniors...
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"I see first-hand the value of Medicare Advantage with my patients. Every day, I see Arkansas seniors who are healthy, have coordinated care, and have access to preventive care and prescription coverage. During these difficult economic times, I see the benefits of Medicare Advantage through lower premiums and lower out-of- pocket costs that elderly patients are required to pay up front. Cutting funding to Medicare Advantage threatens the durability of this vital program."

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Kay Szczypien
Balwinsville, NY

"I have a Medicare Advantage plan that I am happy with. I am worried people in Washington want to cut funding...
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"I have a Medicare Advantage plan that I am happy with. I am worried people in Washington want to cut funding for Medicare Advantage plans. Washington needs to understand that this kind of belt tightening has real implications for real people—limiting the doctors we can visit, increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients and making it harder to get into health and wellness programs."

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Homer Brown
Centennial, CO

"Medicare Advantage works for me and scores of other people I know here in Colorado...
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"Like millions of other seniors, I looked over the entire Medicare marketplace and chose the right plan for me. That plan was a Medicare Advantage plan. I recently learned regulators in Washington have proposed cuts to my Medicare Advantage plan, which will undoubtedly lead to higher costs and reduced benefits. Prior to making these cuts, I wish Washington bureaucrats asked me whether this program needed changes. I would have told them no. Medicare Advantage works for me and scores of other people I know here in Colorado."

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Durwood Felton
Henrico County, VA

"I am concerned that the proposed reduction in Medicare Advantage payments...severely hamper health programs...
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"I am concerned that the proposed reduction in Medicare Advantage payments would, among other things, severely hamper health programs such as 'Silver Sneakers', which make physical exercise and training available to senior citizens at no cost. It’s important to take preventative steps when it comes to your health. This program has long term benefits for seniors. In the past year while participating at the Snap Fitness Center, I have lost weight, my overall health has improved, and I feel better."

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William Finney
Salt Lake Tribune op-ed

"I have been enrolled in MA for the past 11 years. MA is a very successful Medicare program. You can take my word for it."
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"...Successful programs should be continued without service cuts, and satisfied constituents should be the goal of every program. Unfortunately, someone needs to tell that to our federal friends at the Center for Medicare Services (CMS). Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, it seems like each year those of us who subscribe to Medicare Advantage have to fend off program cuts and tax increases. And 2014 is no different. Medicare Advantage (MA) is a very important program to Utah seniors. Utah is one of 10 states in which more than 33 percent of all seniors eligible are enrolled. More than 40 percent of MA subscribers earn less than $20,000 and nearly 20 percent are minorities. I have been enrolled in MA for the past 11 years. MA is a very successful Medicare program. You can take my word for it."

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Clarence Richmond
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette op-ed

"Seniors are already concerned about increased co-pays and doctors accepting their coverage. An underfunded Medicare Advantage program will only increase that uncertainty and lead to fewer choices for beneficiaries."
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"Medicare Advantage programs provide seniors like me with quality, affordable coverage… If regulators in Washington have their way and impose a new round of funding cuts for 2015, millions of retirees could be facing higher out-of-pocket costs, reduced benefits and a smaller network of providers. Seniors are already concerned about increased co-pays and doctors accepting their coverage. An underfunded Medicare Advantage program will only increase that uncertainty and lead to fewer choices for beneficiaries… CMS should maintain current payment levels to protect seniors from losing the benefits and choices they want to keep. Only Congress can stop government bureaucrats from inflicting irreparable damage to a program that works for me and millions of satisfied Medicare Advantage seniors."

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Betty Rairdon
Letter to the Editor
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

"I am worried about the future of the Medicare Advantage program… If costs keep rising, however, I don't know how seniors will be able to afford it."
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"I am worried about the future of the Medicare Advantage program… If costs keep rising, however, I don't know how seniors will be able to afford it… I'm happy that I have healthcare coverage, as well, and would not want the Medicare Advantage program to be compromised in any way… I want our members of Congress to protect our healthcare. They must do all they can to ensure that funding for Medicare Advantage is shielded from any potential cuts in the future."

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Daphne
Florida

"Without my MA plan, I wouldn't be able to pay co pays for doctor visits or medicine."
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"Without my MA plan, I wouldn't be able to pay co pays for doctor visits or medicine. I wouldn't be able to have glasses, or vision care."

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Bonnie
Texas

"We can not afford to pay for two Medicare supplement plans, so MA is a welcome benefit for us."
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"We can not afford to pay for two Medicare supplement plans, so MA is a welcome benefit for us. It is a way to practice preventative healthcare and avoid greater expenses that would happen if we waited until we were sick to visit the doctor and/or hospital. It definitely saves us money and we are much healthier because of it."

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Alicia
California

"I want to know that my grandparents, my parents, and myself will be able to count on Medicare Advantage to help us in taking care of our health. "
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"I want to know that my grandparents, my parents, and myself will be able to count on Medicare Advantage to help us in taking care of our health. We all deserve to be able to take care of ourselves in order to live a long happy life."

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Jane
Oregon

"Our plans allows us peace of mind in a very uncertain world."
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"It's important to us because of the quality of care we are able to receive and the costs are affordable to us. Our plans allows us peace of mind in a very uncertain world. I worked in hospitals all of my adult life until retirement and I've seen tests and procedures not done because the insurance doesn't cover it or the physician is paid more not to order the tests."

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Michael
Missouri

"I am the owner of an independent insurance agency and just within my small office we have over 1,200 Medicare clients that depend on Medicare Advantage plans."
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"I am the owner of an independent insurance agency and just within my small office we have over 1,200 Medicare clients that depend on Medicare Advantage plans. These plans are a great opportunity for our Medicare beneficiaries and I will do everything in my power to keep Medicare Advantage strong."

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Debra
California

"...Many of my clients are low-income, and without the benefits they receive from the Medicare Advantage health plans, would not be able to afford their healthcare..."
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"I am a CA and TX licensed insurance agent and certified with many of the major Insurance companies that provide Medicare health plans. Many of my clients are low-income, and without the benefits they receive from the Medicare Advantage health plans, would not be able to afford their healthcare. It is my desire to stay abreast of any changes affecting Medicare health plans, and to do whatever I can to help protect these benefits for my clients."

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