December 02, 2016
Medicare Stories – Don Bennett
Don Bennett, of Burien, Washington, 74, has been retired from the U.S. Postal Service for 11 years. He feels fortunate to have the quality of life that he enjoys during retirement – in large part due to Medicare. Still, he has had to be creative in order to maintain a decent standard of living.
“We are all very fortunate that Social Security benefits were expanded in the 60’s and 70’s. I have modest pensions and federal employee health benefits as well as Medicare,” says Don.
“However, I pay 10% of my income for healthcare premiums. Thanks to my healthcare coverage I have had my hernia repaired, and hip replacement surgeries at no additional cost to me. Now, as I approach 75, I am admitting that in order to protect my modest savings, I need to rent out part of my house to make ends meet.”
“Without Medicare, my standard of living would be much lower.”