Video: Advocacy Group Sends Medicare Online Message

‘Dear Medicare’ site helps beneficiaries to share videos and stories that show harm of competitive bidding.

Advocacy group People for Quality Care (P4QC) has launched “Dear Medicare” at www.dearmedicare.com, a website that features stories and videos from seniors and people with disabilities who are being negatively impacted by healthcare policies such as competitive bidding.

 “We understand that many Americans are unaware that seniors and people with disabilities are struggling to access their medical equipment and care,” said Kelly Turner, P4QC’s director of advocacy. “Dear Medicare works to educate the public about the dire state of health care through the experiences of people who rely on Medicare.”

The site is one of several patient advocacy efforts that P4QC has spearheaded. The group launched a Medicare Beneficiary Complaint Hotline in June 2013, and since then the line has received more than 3,000 calls.

“The calls we receive are heartbreaking, but important to share,” Turner noted. “Our mission with Dear Medicare is to lift up the voices of Medicare beneficiaries and move readers to action through their powerful stories.”

A sample of one of the Dear Medicare videos:

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