Many Oregonians are stretching limited budgets, with healthcare being a prime concern. Consequently, it is important to put healthcare costs and benefits at the top of politicians’ agendas. I’m hoping that they recognize a program that is really working for people like me — Medicare Advantage.
This program improves on traditional Medicare by offering comprehensive coverage, including everything needed, with low monthly premiums. And most services cost a few dollars in co-pay. That way, seniors on lower incomes can go to the doctor when they’re experiencing an issue, rather than waiting until it gets worse.
Plus, Medicare Advantage makes preventive and wellness care free. Seniors can get a check-up or be screened for diabetes, heart disease, cancer or other issues at no cost. Advantage programs also include chronic disease management programs, nutritional counseling and much more.
Medicare Advantage makes quality health care available to underserved seniors. I appreciate that Congress made some important improvements last year and more are coming for this year. But it is important that our legislators understand that more needs to be done to keep healthcare affordable for seniors.
Ray Johnson, Southwest Portland
Originally published in in the Beaverton Valley Times
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