Letter: Affordable senior healthcare

February 27, 2023

Originally published in the Denver Gazette

As a 92-year-old retiree, I understand how important affordable healthcare is to seniors. I worked for many years at a union, manual labor job with other hard working Americans. I have seen, firsthand, how important quality healthcare is as we age, which is why it’s vital that we protect Medicare Advantage.

As one gets older, health complications increasingly arise. Whether it’s experiencing hearing loss, injuring a body part, or being more susceptible to viruses, seniors must proactively take care of themselves and their health. That is why access to affordable, quality healthcare is important, especially for the elderly and people with disabilities.

I am enrolled in Medicare Advantage, and I could not be more satisfied with the program as a supplement to my Medicare Plan. I have access to screenings and other preventative measures, which gives me confidence in knowing my care is in the best of hands. Health concerns are part of life, but I have significantly less anxiety knowing Medicare Advantage enables me to diagnose issues early.

Studies have proven that Medicare Advantage enrollees, such as me, lead significantly healthier lives, and given the various benefits offered, it is easy to understand why. In addition to normal coverages, I have access to wellness programs, telehealth services, and other resources to aid in my general health. I encourage us all to support programs, such as Medicare Advantage, that benefit so many people in our community.

Donald Walker