Seniors Hit Campaign Trail to Protect Medicare Advantage
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
The Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) has mobilized seniors in four presidential battleground states to make Medicare Advantage a top priority for voters and candidates.
In New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, seniors are hosting debate watch parties, interacting with local political parties, and meeting with presidential and congressional campaigns. They are urging candidates to protect Medicare Advantage because it delivers affordable choices, effective benefits, and comprehensive coverage.
“I am enthusiastically supportive of the Medicare Advantage program based on my own experience,” said Coalition senior Fred Mondragon of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “I’m looking forward to getting out on the campaign trail with my fellow seniors and showing candidates that we care about the issue, and we’re only going to support candidates who believe in strengthening Medicare Advantage.”
This mobilization builds upon the Coalition’s successful year-round grassroots engagement with policy makers across the country, including in-district roundtables and town halls with members of Congress. They learn firsthand – directly from seniors – how the program delivers the effective benefits and affordable coverage. This builds on action earlier this year when seniors hit the presidential primary campaign trail to share their personal stories of the benefits of Medicare Advantage.
Last spring, more than 400 Members of Congress – Republicans and Democrats – came together to stop cuts to seniors’ Medicare Advantage coverage for the 17 million beneficiaries who depend on the program. Seniors with Medicare Advantage will continue to be actively engaged through the election and throughout next year.
Founded in 1999, the CMC is a national grassroots organization of more than 2 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Coalition members actively communicate with members of Congress about issues that affect their coverage. Over the years, Coalition members have made more than a million contacts with their members of Congress. Visit www.MedicareChoices.org to learn more and follow the Coalition on Facebook and Twitter.