To the Editor,

As a senior, I am concerned that the Administration in Washington has proposed changes to Medicare Advantage that would disrupt health care coverage for 3.2 million retirees. The Administration announced just recently that they are seeking cuts in funding for Medicare Advantage retiree plans.

Retirees like myself depend on Medicare Advantage for access to good health care as well as access to vision, hearing, and dental benefits. We are very satisfied with Medicare Advantage.

Washington’s decisions could reduce benefits and increase out of pocket costs for retirees. It could also lead to reduced access to affordable care under Medicare Advantage. We just cannot afford this while on a fixed income.

Every year Washington make changes to the Medicare program. For them, it’s often just about crunching numbers, but their decisions could have a real impact on what is covered, and on my bills next year.

As a retiree who relies on Medicare Advantage and all the critical benefits it provides, I want to know that our policymakers are committed to strengthening access to quality, affordable care for retirees like me.

The government can’t take away our health benefits or raise our rates as we are having problems paying now for drugs and dr visits now.

Linda Shafer,

Burleson, Texas