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Issue Position: Medicare

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Issue Position: Medicare

American taxpayers overpay Medicare Advantage plans tens of billions of dollars. On average, these plans are paid 12 percent more than traditional Medicare. In the Third District of Wisconsin, plans are paid 26 percent more than Medicare fee-for-service levels. Although fewer than two in 10 Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in private plans, all beneficiaries pay higher premiums because of these overpayments.

That is why I was proud to support the Children's Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act, H.R. 3162. By phasing out overpayments, the CHAMP ct extends Medicare solvency by three years and protects all seniors from having to pay these higher monthly premiums.

The CHAMP Act also ensures that seniors can continue to see the doctors of their choice by stopping a 10 percent payment cut to doctors in January 2008 and a 5 percent cut in January 2009. Further, this bill makes preventive health check-ups - like tests, screenings, and vaccines - more affordable for seniors by eliminating co-payments and deductibles, saving lives and money.

Resources:

* Medicare helpline: 1-800-633-4227 or www.medicare.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
* WI prescription drug hotline: 1-866-456-8211
* SeniorCare hotline: 1-800-657-2038
* Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups - Legal Rights and Benefits
* Congressman Ron Kind's Office 1-888-442-8040

County Aging Offices

* Buffalo Co Aging Unit - 608-685-4412
* Clark Co Office on Aging - 715-743-5144
* Crawford Co Senior Resources - 608-326-0235
* Dunn County Office on Aging - 715-232-4006
* Eau Claire Co Dept on Aging - 715-839-4735
* Center on Aging of Grant Co - 608-723-6113
* Iowa Co Commission on Aging - 608-935-0389
* Jackson Co Aging Unit - 715-284-4301
* Juneau Co Aging Department - 608-847-9366
* La Crosse Co Aging Unit - 608-785-9710
* Lafayette Co Commission on Aging - 608-776-4888
* Monroe Co Senior Services - 608-269-8690
* Pepin Co Senior Services - 715-672-8936
* Pierce Co Office on Aging - 715-273-6780
* Richland Co HHS-Aging and Disability Resource Center- 608-647-4616
* Sauk Co Commission on Aging - 608-355-3289
* St. Croix Co Dept on Aging - 715-381-4360
* Trempealeau Co Senior Services -715-538-2311 Ext 250
* Vernon Co Aging Unit - 608-637-5201


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