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Voice of the people

Feb. 24, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Potential cuts to Medicare damaging

I have been retired for over 20 years and rely on Medicare Advantage for affordable health care. Seniors haven't felt the full impact of the Affordable Care Act's $200 billion cut to the Advantage program. I fear there will be increased costs if any further cuts are made this year.

Typically I'm healthy, and I use my coverage for regular checkups. With my Advantage plan, Freedom Blue, there's only a $15 co-pay when I pick up prescriptions. However, I know $15 adds up for senior citizens who take multiple medications. Many of the seniors who rely on the Advantage plans get by on limited incomes, and they simply cannot afford to pay more for health care.

Congress must ensure that seniors continue to have access to the medical care they need. I don't appreciate it when I get a small increase in Social Security followed by an increase in my premium to offset it. Seniors just can't get ahead. In fact, the cost of living goes up, and we fall further behind. I don't know how we're supposed to keep up with all of our expenses. Our legislators must listen to us and oppose any potential funding cuts to Medicare Advantage.

David Cole

Huntington

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