Coalition Members Virtually Meet with Senator John Hickenlooper

3 members of the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) recently met with Senator John Hickenlooper to share with the Senator why they chose Medicare Advantage, and how their plans keep them healthy at a price they can afford.

Coalition member Mike shared that he joined Medicare Advantage after retiring from a union job and hasn’t looked back. He said that Medicare Advantage makes it easy on Americans 65+, especially by bundling traditional health coverage with vision and dental benefits. He also likes that he can anticipate his costs, which is helpful for his budget.

Another Coalition member Patricia told Senator Hickenlooper that as a former nurse she has an extra appreciation for Medicare Advantage. She most especially appreciates that Medicare Advantage has saved her money in a way that other health care plans were unable to.

Coalition member Kitty told the group that she recommends that other Americans look at Medicare Advantage as an option for their health care. She shared that prior to joining Medicare Advantage she had to pay a lot for glasses, but since joining Medicare Advantage the cost of her glasses has significantly decreased.

Senator Hickenlooper thanked everyone for sharing their experiences with the program and told them that he supports Medicare Advantage, saying, “I have always continued to support Medicare Advantage. I understand the diverse group of people who use Medicare Advantage. I try to thread a needle with most of my meetings, but with Medicare Advantage I don’t have to thread the needle here. I always support Medicare Advantage.”

Coalition members also spoke about telehealth, and how it has been important during the COVID-19 crisis. They specifically discussed how audio-only telehealth can reduce health disparities due to unequal access to video platforms and asked the Senator to co-sponsor the Ensuring Parity in MA for Audio-Only Telehealth Act.

The CMC is grateful to Senator Hickenlooper for meeting with our Coalition members and for his support of Medicare Advantage.