Three members of the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) recently met virtually with Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-07) to discuss the importance of Medicare Advantage in connecting seniors and people with disabilities with high-quality health care coverage.
Coalition member Nancy told the group that she chose Medicare Advantage because it saves her money and lets her focus on preventive care. She loves attending Silver Sneakers fitness classes and does so several times a week. She said she appreciates that she can attend these programs all over the country when visiting family, as it helps her to stay active and prioritize her health.
Janice told the group that she recently switched to Medicare Advantage coverage. So far, she says, the experience has been incredible. Not only does the program save her and her husband money, but it gives them a variety of options for care. Janice noted that over 580,000 Arizonans choose Medicare Advantage, including many of her friends, and she has heard nothing but positive reviews.
Cindy, another Coalition member, shared that Medicare Advantage has been crucial in keeping her costs down without sacrificing quality of care. She enjoys her comprehensive coverage that includes dental care. In fact, she was participating in this meeting from the parking lot of her dentist’s office, where she had just attended an appointment. Cindy highlighted that dental health is crucial to overall health, and she appreciates that Medicare Advantage takes that into account. She told Representative Gallego that Medicare Advantage covered 50% of the cost for her dental work, and she would likely be unable to afford the care she needs otherwise.
Representative Gallego shared “I am, and always have been, supportive of Medicare Advantage. I know it’s important to not just my constituents, but to people across the state…I wouldn’t support cuts to Medicare Advantage.” He added, “I was assisting my mother in looking at Medicare Advantage plans, so the importance of Medicare Advantage really hit close to home for me.” He closed the meeting by saying, “I am very appreciative of all of you taking the time to meet with me. I just want to reiterate that I am a strong supporter of Medicare Advantage.”
The CMC is grateful to the office of Representative Gallego for meeting with our Coalition members and for his continued support of Medicare Advantage.