Letter: Looking out for seniors: In favor of Medicare Advantage

March 28, 2022

Originally published in the Tampa Bay Times

As the CEO and president of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I consider it one of my prime responsibilities to keep tabs on the interests, concerns and general well-being of communities here in Florida.

For those groups that come from underserved populations, including our seniors, I take this responsibility even more seriously. Especially in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, I’ve dedicated my time and attention to ensuring seniors are having their health needs met. This is also why I have become such a proponent of Medicare Advantage, which is the highest-quality, most affordable health care option available to seniors.

When living on a fixed or limited income, as most seniors are, every cost is important. That’s why Medicare Advantage is such an essential service for the millions of seniors who are enrolled — with the cap on out-of-pocket costs and the consistently low premiums, seniors don’t worry about the cost of their care. Especially with rising inflation, consistent affordability is more important than ever. Add to that the extensive benefits and services it provides, Medicare Advantage really does encapsulate the full package of quality health care.

I’m glad to see that both Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have signed on to past Medicare Advantage support letters and continue to be advocates for this program in Congress.

Julio Fuentes, Wellington