I am one of 17 million seniors in America enrolled in Medicare Advantage. There are 222,000 enrollees in South Carolina.

Even though Medicare Advantage has rare bipartisan support among voters, it is facing major budget cuts, which could leave seniors with higher health costs and fewer options for health care.

I recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for Medicare Advantage, making my case for this important program which yields such positive results.

I met with the staffs of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and Rep. James Clyburn. I was warmly received and believe I had their full attention as I shared with them how Medicare Advantage has allowed my husband and me to maintain our health and stay fit and able through access to wellness benefits, such as Silver Sneakers.

I urge all Medicare Advantage seniors to contact their D.C. officials as soon as possible and ask them to preserve funding for Medicare Advantage. I know we can count on them to stand up for their South Carolina seniors.

Carroll Devine

Phillips Lane

Ridgeville