Edie Fishman is legally blind and living with osteoporosis, but can continue to reside comfortably and independently in her home.
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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.
Donna Cutler, 76, recently spent a week in the hospital to address an issue with her oxygen levels. Although no surgery was required, the bill came to almost $50,000. Fortunately, Medicare covered the cost.
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.
Jody Weinreich, 66, lost her job at Tama Manufacturing at age 61 when the factory closed and moved to Mexico. The national exchange created by the Affordable Care Act covered her until she qualified for Medicare.
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.
West Nyack, New York
Sharon Moore, 75, is grateful for Medicare’s guaranteed benefits. She says that without them, she is afraid she would not be able to afford her prescriptions & would likely have to sell the house she has lived in for 22 years
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.
“While I was in the workforce I answered the call when there was an emergency to keep the public warm and to keep the lights on.. Now I need Medicare to hold me fast now so I can monitor and keep myself healthy."
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.
“My Medicare costs are already almost $4,000 per year just with premiums. People don’t realize how much seniors are paying as it is,” she said...Read More
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
Gail Rygiewicz, 67, of Franksville, Wisconsin is grateful for Medicare. “Medicare has allowed me to maintain an independent lifestyle without relying on my children to help me financially,”... 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
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... 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