When I initially signed up for Medicare Advantage, it did not cost me anything beyond what the government charges for Medicare Part B. I was able to get a lot of extra services that Medicare didn't cover, like hearing aids and contact lenses. Since then, however, the price for my plan has slowly gone up. I now pay about $50 more per month. I'm already feeling the impact from the cuts to the Advantage program. If funding is reduced further, then extra services, such as dental and vision, will likely be among the first to go.

No matter what sacrifices I have to make, I'm going to find a way to get the medical care I need. At this point in my life, however, I don't think it's something I should have to worry about so much. I spent years working and contributing to the Medicare program through my taxes, and I should be able to enjoy my life in retirement.

Others are in worse shape and may not be able to get care at all if Medicare Advantage is scaled back. Our officials in Washington must stand up for Utah seniors and see that Medicare Advantage receives adequate funding.

Gary Graham