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Wyden Uses Heatwave To Urge Insurers To Provide Seniors With AC, Filtration Systems

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Elderly Oregonians with Medicare Advantage health plans should have insurers provide them with air conditioners and filtration units.  That from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

The Oregon Democrat argues that in 2019, Congress passed his Chronic Care Act. A provision lets Medicare Advantage offer “non-primarily health related” benefits, which includes indoor air quality equipment and services.

”What I’m doing – particularly because it is so hot – is urging Oregon insurance companies to use the tools under the law that I wrote to protect senior citizens who are counting on their coverage from potentially deadly heat.”

Of the 116 state residents who died during last month’s heat dome, most were senior citizens.

Wyden’s office says more than 1 out of 10 Oregonians have a Medicare Advantage plan.  Letters have been sent to AllCare, ATRIO, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, Health Net, Trillium, Aetna, CareOregon, Humana, Kaiser, Moda, PacificSource, Providence, Samaritan, and UnitedHealthcare...all insurance companies with significant MA membership,

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