A public perspective on health care and Medicare Advantage

By Ed Martin, Editor
A public perspective on health care and Medicare Advantage

As a former 18-year mayor and council member, and currently the editor of The Leader, I have a deep passion for serving the communities of Lemoore and Kings County. As a senior who is also enrolled in Medicare Advantage, I am proud to be an advocate for this program that benefits over 30 million seniors across the country.

Medicare Advantage is an affordable option that provides the same services as original Medicare, along with added benefits including dental, vision, and hearing coverage, wellness programs, and telehealth services.

I know firsthand how these benefits help seniors live healthier lives. Since enrolling at age 65, I have taken advantage of the gym membership provided by my plan, which allows me to exercise 3-4 times a week at The Body Shop Health Club, Inc. This gym has 24-hour access for members and a hometown atmosphere that keeps me coming back for more every week.

In 2022, seven in 10 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries paid no supplemental premiums for their coverage, which is good news for the 40% of enrollees who make less than $25,000 per year. Medicare Advantage is both affordable and effective.

It is encouraging to see that Medicare Advantage enjoys dedicated support from all sectors of the political spectrum, including Republicans, Democrats, and others.

A recent survey discovered that 95% of seniors are satisfied with the choices their Medicare Advantage plan provides. We hope that policymakers will continue to prioritize access to quality health care for seniors and uphold the value of Medicare Advantage.

As someone who once served as mayor and council member for the City of Lemoore, I know how vital it is to ensure that our seniors have access to affordable, quality health care that helps them stay healthy and active. Medicare Advantage is one of the best options available to seniors, and I am certainly proud to support it.

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