Letter: Medicare Advantage helps Georgia seniors lead full, independent lives

March 21, 2024

Originally published in Rough Draft Atlanta

From my days serving on the Lithonia City Council to now representing Georgia’s 93rd district as a state representative in the General Assembly, I have always been an advocate for vibrant communities. I’ve stood behind each and every constituent, especially some of our most vulnerable populations like seniors. Our communities only thrive when we’re meeting the needs of all our residents, and this is especially true when it comes to improving the health, happiness, and quality of life for those who may need a little extra support. Luckily, Georgians in East Metro Atlanta and across the state have access to Medicare Advantage – a program that provides seniors with the affordable, high-quality health care they need to live fuller lives.

Medicare Advantage is an asset for our senior constituents because it equips them with the necessary support and care to stay healthy and to age with dignity. The program offers comprehensive coverage that encompasses everything seniors need to stay on top of their health, from access to a large network of providers to supplemental benefits, including vision, dental, and hearing as well as prescription drug coverage. Plus, the program offers innovative telehealth options, allowing seniors to meet with doctors and specialists from the comfort of their homes.

As an accountant by trade and the owner of a financial education company as well as state representative, I understand and appreciate when programs deliver value. With caps on out-of-pocket costs and low monthly premiums, plans through Medicare Advantage are priced with seniors in mind, giving them access to top-tier care at a price that matches their budget – especially since many choose to live on a fixed income in retirement. Medicare Advantage also puts a huge emphasis on preventative care. This allows seniors to prioritize their long-term health and maintain their independence for as long as possible. Additionally, it improves health outcomes and helps seniors avoid unnecessary complications—driving down overall care costs for taxpayers and constituents.

I’m deeply invested in the health and wellbeing of my constituents, and I see how Medicare Advantages improves the lives of so many seniors in our communities every day. I hope Medicare Advantage continues to get the full support and funding it needs and deserves from our officials in Washington to ensure the program’s stability for over 1 million Georgians who rely on it.

Doreen Carter is a state representative representing Georgia’s 93rd district.