Letter: Medicare Advantage

March 8, 2023

Originally published in the Uptown Standard

As a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), I made a commitment to provide care for everyone to the best of my ability, regardless of gender, age, socioeconomic status, or background. But even today, with so many medical care opportunities that could keep them and their loves ones healthy and strong.

Medicare Advantage is another way to get your Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) and Part B (outpatients care) coverage through Medicare approved private companies. Medicare Advantage partners with health-care providers to ensure enrollees are getting the care they deserve to improve an individual’s health outlook.

Because of Medicare Advantage’s additional benefits and emphasis on low-cost and preventative care, seniors especially are more likely to receive regular checkups and screenings. Consistent care results in catching disease or health complications early, which can make all the difference when it comes to successful treatment.

AS a CRNA, I care for patients during some of the most successful experiences of their lives. When patients know they are covered though Medicare Advantage, they can focus on their health rather than worry about insurance, which can help with recovery times and improve outcomes. I would hope that elected officials in Congress would do everything they can to support this program, and say no to proposed cuts which could reduce benefits or raise premiums.

Matthew McCoy is a CRNA with the VilkaorsCCMC Nurse Anesthesia Program.