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For Brigitte, Special Needs Plans Matter

AUGUST 01, 2017

For Brigitte, Special Needs Plans Matter

Brigitte Burke is a 66 year old retiree residing in Lakewood, Colorado who has a Medicare Advantage (MA) Special Needs Plan (SNP) for her health care. Brigitte is extremely happy with her coverage because, as a low-income senior dealing with conditions such as high-blood pressure, her plan provides her with financial peace of mind. She doesn’t have to worry about whether she can afford the medications she needs to manage her blood pressure and she’s able to live a healthy life.

Before enrolling in her MA SNP plan, Bridgette was covered by traditional Medicare as well as Medicaid, but she could not afford the preventative care she needed. As such, she had to make do without visiting her doctor regularly. Now, her blood pressure medication and other prescription drugs are covered; dental care and vision care are covered; and if she needs to see a specialist, she knows she’ll be able to access over-the-counter creams, bandages, and drugs at an affordable price.

Brigitte describes her MA Special Needs Plan as a ‘God-send.’ With this plan, she no longer has to worry about how she will pay her medical bills — her plan has not only freed up her income, but also relieved her stress. Now Brigitte can now focus on her time with her two grandchildren, attending their swim meets and lacrosse games without having to worry about being able to afford her health care.