Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Letter: More seniors rely on Medicare Advantage

Feb 20, 2017
In The News

I am writing to you as a Hoosier and senior. I am one of over 311,000 Hoosiers that benefit from having a Medicare Advantage health care plan. While many people have heard of Medicare and Medicaid, not as many people have heard about Medicare Advantage or know just how beneficial it is for seniors.

For myself and every senior on Medicare Advantage, the health plan provides many more options to live a healthy lifestyle, including a nurse hotline I can use to get answers without having to travel to the doctor’s office. Benefits like nurse hotlines, which are not often available under traditional Medicare, truly have been helpful to me.

Despite this, almost every year Congress proposes new cuts to Medicare Advantage, threatening the very programs that help take care of and promote healthy lifestyles for 311,000 Hoosier seniors. More and more seniors are relying on the program, yet it continues to face possible budget cuts at the hands of our legislators.

I am so grateful for the support Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Jackie Walorski, and Rep. Larry Bucshon who have already voiced support for the program and sincerely urge Indiana’s other members of Congress, and the other seniors relying on Medicare Advantage, to stand up to Congress, let them know how valuable the program is, and tell them to stop cutting funding to Medicare Advantage.