This commentary was written by Laura Waters, am a retired environmental consultant living in South Burlington.

I saw the recent article in VTDigger about the state employees union fighting the state’s plan to go to Medicare Advantage and felt compelled to respond with our recent experience. There are way too many glib sales pitches for Medicare Advantage that hide the “inconvenient truth” about these plans. A recent Health and Human Services report stated that Medicare Advantage plans deny millions of requests for medical care each year and tens of thousands of those denials are for tests and treatments that should have been approved and paid for and would have been paid for if the insured had been covered by traditional Medicare.  continue reading