Lawmakers hold roundtable on Medicare

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Lawmakers made a trip to Fair Haven Atwater senior center in New Haven to  talk with seniors who say they were dropped by their doctors.

Senator Ricahrd Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro held a roundtable discussion with seniors, doctors and city leaders on legislative efforts to protect Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from losing their doctors mid-year and without cause. Senator Blumenthal says the Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights is necessary to protect seniors who are dependent on doctors they know and trust.

“The bill is largely in response to United Health Care’s dropping 2,200 doctors relied on, trusted, known by seniors who then had to find new doctors. They went through enormous personal turmoil as a result of these doctors dropped by United Health Care,” said Blumenthal.

Blumenthal’s next step is taking the bill to Washington and says he hopes congress will make it a priority.

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