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Whose Advantage? 

Editor: 

Humboldt County is now a target of United Health that is promoting six upcoming "informational" meetings in Eureka, Fortuna and McKinleyville to recruit seniors from traditional Medicare into a for-profit, "Medicare Advantage" plan. The plans offer low or no premiums and help with dental, hearing and vision bills, even gym membership may be included.

But beware — Medicare "Advantage" is not traditional Medicare. United Health is a corporate health insurance company that depends on profit to exist. This can put patient priority at risk. If you receive an invite from United Health Group, we recommend attending a meeting and ask for details about accessibility and ultimate cost to taxpayers and traditional Medicare.

Read, for example, the first paragraph in an April 29, New York Times article on MA, headlined "Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds:" "Every year, tens of thousands of people enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans are denied necessary care that should be covered under the program, federal investigators concluded in a report published on Thursday."

Please join us for more details on how to protect and improve our current Medicare program: healthcareforallHumboldt@gmail.com.

Patty Harvey, Willow Creek

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