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Medicare Advantage incorporates vital budget protections for seniors


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 29, 2020 - 2:04 PM

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With all the arguing over health care in Washington, I wanted to weigh in with a positive story.

Elected officials like Senator Loeffler need to know what’s working, so they don’t try to fix what isn’t broken. I’m on Medicare Advantage, a program that she shouldn’t change in the least. I signed up to gain access to a complete health plan, including prescription drugs and wellness care.

That convenience was a factor but my highest priority was quality, and Medicare Advantage has really delivered.

I have kidney disease. Fortunately, I had access to the best doctors in Atlanta. They were able to arrest my kidney failure and restore most of its function. Medicare Advantage truly gave me my life back.

Since my crisis, I’ve enrolled in the kidney disease management program and have been able to avoid any further setbacks. I’m really grateful for this personalized assistance and support.

Today, I’m able to be active as a grandparent and with my church and Meals on Wheels. And also, importantly, I’m in good financial shape.

Given my health issues, my costs could have gotten out of hand, but Medicare Advantage incorporates vital budget protections for seniors. I will deal with kidney disease for life, but with Medicare Advantage on my side, I trust that life will be long, active, and financially stable.

I hope our politicians recognize that I’m not alone here.

Paula Ercolini

Sharpsburg