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LETTER: Medicare Advantage can’t endure more cuts

ARGYLE, Minn. — I invite Herald readers to join me in urging Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and our other Washington officials to fight to ensure that no more funding is taken from the important Medicare Advantage program.

My Medicare Advantage plan is pretty good. But the fear is that further cuts would result in increased costs and decreased coverage for the millions of senior citizens who rely on this program

Medicare Advantage already is being compromised as the cuts related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are rolled out. There simply is no room for more funding cuts.

My plan comes in handy whenever I have to go to the doctor or buy prescription medication. While the coverage is decent, there is room for improvement; and if anything, Congress should increase funding so Medicare Advantage is able to provide even better and more comprehensive coverage for the Americans who need it the most.

Many of us cannot afford to pay more for routine and preventive health care, and we may have to reduce spending on other necessities if our health care costs go up.

Any additional cuts beyond what already has happened would really hurt. In fact, I don’t know what I would do if I had to pay more for medical treatment or if I just lost some of the benefits of Medicare Advantage.

At this point in our lives, we need our coverage to be solid and dependable.

We were successful in averting funding cuts last year, so let’s be vocal again and remind Franken in particular that he needs to be a strong voice for his senior constituents.

Increasing funding for the program will help ensure that premiums and co-pays remain affordable.

Louis Landreville