What convinced me to disenroll my mother from Medicare Advantage and why her story should matter to thousands of private enrollees
.Medicare Resources.org, November 19, 2015
by Wendell Potter
If you’re newly eligible for Medicare or trying to decide whether to switch from traditional Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan – or enroll in a Part D drug plan – you’ve got less than three weeks to decide before the current open enrollment period ends on December 7. So if you haven’t yet started checking out your options, it’s time to get on the stick.
It might be time to choose an Advantage plan
If recent history is prologue, one of every three people newly eligible for Medicare will find the siren call of the Medicare Advantage TV commercials irresistible. And for some of you, an MA plan might be the way to go – at least for now. Some of them offer benefits not available through original Medicare, like vision and dental coverage, gym memberships and even hearing aids. But there are trade offs you need to be aware of.
I’m writing this while sitting next to my mother, who turned 91 a couple of months ago. I’m happy to report that she is a relatively healthy nonagenarian. The odds are pretty high, though, that Mom would not still be counted among the living had she not switched from an MA plan to traditional Medicare when she was critically ill a few years ago.