There is no “advantage” to medicare advantage plans

I wish all elderly kept their red, white, and blue medicare card. Sure these advantage plans pull out the bells and whistles- the exercise groups, the no 3 day qualifying stay in a hospital before going to a nursing home. But sometimes these people don’t realize what they are giving up- now someone behind a desk decides if you get to go to that nursing home- it’s no longer a matter of your best interest. With an advantage plan owned by one of the big names in insurance- the bottom line takes precedence. And while traditional medicare pays the first 20 days at 100%, these advantage plans rarely approve more than 7 days at a time. And this is the most fragile of our population- they deserve to trust we are looking out for them. Corporations should not have a say in the care medical professionals feel people need.

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