Groups seek to expand Medicare eligibility, choices and funding

Millions of American seniors utilize Medicare every year for doctors visits, prescriptions and more. Many groups are defending Medicare as politicians work to strip funding and make senior healthcare more private.

When Kristine Grow of the Coalition for Medicare Choices appeared on AWF Union Podcast, she detailed the current options offered to those eligible for Medicare through age or disability, and what is being done in Washington D.C. to protect American seniors.

What Medicare choices are available to America’s seniors?

Grow said Americans love the ability to choose and have the sense of personal control. This has led to various options opening up for Medicare eligible citizens.

She explained the difference between the traditional Medicare plan offered by the federal government. While this is typically sufficient, there are choices out there that either slightly raise the cost or do not raise costs at all.

The other options are called Medicare Advantage plans. These are private plans that receive a segment of federal funding. She said these plans will sometimes offer additional benefits with little to no increase in cost.

What legislation is being considered regarding Medicare?

The battles in Washington D.C. regarding Medicare and the various plans are ramping up, as budget discussions are beginning. While some are working to obtain more funding for these plans, others are fighting for less.

Grow said she would like to see legislation passed that moves to allow telehealth appointments to be considered office visits. Additionally, there are efforts to eliminate, or at least limit potential cuts to Medicare Advantage funding.


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