Wayne's need for the guaranteed benefits of Medicare and Social Security in order to retire is a common theme among older workers.
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Guaranteed health care benefits for 59 million Americans is now at risk. The Trumpcare plan, introduced in March by President Donald Trump, Secretary Tom Price and Speaker Paul Ryan, weakens Medicare’s funding, slashes Medicaid and will allow insurance companies to dramatically increase premiums for older people as well as those who live in rural communities.
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Marie and Donald Pinkin
Marie and Donald have Medicare to thank for their home and health. Medicare and supplemental insurance covered all costs for Donald's back surgery and pneumonia treatment.
Kitty Kennedy had a severe allergic reaction that could be treated with medication and an ointment, Clobetasol. The price was almost $500, costing her a $242 copay. Fortunately Medicare Part D lessened the blow.
Diane Fleming, 75, worked for United Airlines for 39 years, but when United filed for bankruptcy, her pension was dramatically cut. A few years after enrolling in Medicare, Diane was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Hillcrest Heights, Maryland
Several years after Suzy retired, her former employer, United Airlines, filed for bankruptcy. Her pension was reduced 30%, and she has had to do freelance work to make up the difference. She is still paying into Medicare.
Mount Rainier, Maryland
Susan Flashman, 61, is a retired electrician. She worked for more than 25 years. In 2011, at age 57, she needed brain surgery due to a tumor. Susan’s hospital bills alone were more than $100,000.
Ken Pease, 73, suffers from a number of health conditions. Last year he suffered an aortic aneurysm, which doctors thankfully discovered as a result of preventive screening covered by Medicare.
Francena Dwyer would like to remind Congress that a person’s health can change overnight. An English professor at a community college in Connecticut for more than 20 years until her deteriorating health forced her to retire..
Joyce Bourgault recently retired from her job. While there, she saw more seniors who could not afford their health care there than she expected. and many could not afford their Medicare Part B and D premiums.
Rebecca Freund, 62, has Medicare to thank for her medical needs being met the past 9 years. With her disability, she says she might be out on the street without Medicare.
Apache Junction, Arizona
Steve Johnson, 66, says that without his Medicare benefits, he would not have been able to afford to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.
With careful planning, Tracy Cuccia, 56, was able to retire at 55. She says that changing the rules midstream unfairly affects those who planned ahead - and made their decisions when Medicare eligibility was promised at 65.
Dave Starkson, 67, lives in Glendale, Arizona, but is ready to downsize to another town nearby. He is on Medicare, which is a major reason he is able to retire. Between his Medicare benefits and the lower util... Read More
Siler City, North Carolina
Louis Forrisi, of Siler City, North Carolina, appreciates Medicare after his recent knee replacement. "Medicare took care of everything from hospital bills to physical therapy, and it paid for a walker as well"... Read More
Carroll Jackson of Seattle, Washington quickly learned of the importance of Medicare at the age of 75 when she underwent heart bypass surgery. “I can’t imagine what Medicare was billed; they were my primary provi... Read More
Diana Madoshi, 69, of Rocklin, California started working at age 17, then put herself thorough school all the time that she worked – sometimes two jobs. Now without Medicare, her health would... Read More
Mary Land, 58, of Racine, Wisconsin, knows the value of Medicare all too well after watching her mother, 88, cope with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and make remarkable progress. “We have all paid for Medica... Read More
George Nolan, 74, of Garland, Texas was healthy until 2013, when a doctor told him that due to cardiomyopathy, his heart was only functioning at 10%. He received a pacemaker and has submitted information to obtai.. Read More