This commentary is by Mary Alice Bisbee of Montpelier, a retired hospital and nursing home social worker.

Have any of you who are eligible for Medicare noticed any changes in the past few years? Perhaps you have bought into the new Medicare version that has been widely advertised, called Medicare Advantage.

Are you aware that Medicare Advantage is a wholly privatized system that no longer lets you use the public Medicare program as you once used it?

Maybe your large business, state of Vermont health plans, public school health plans, or other large employers have automatically switched you over to a Medicare Advantage plan without you having any say in the decision if you are over 65 years old and retired?

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