Sen. Susan Collins, second from right, and Sen. Angus King, second from left, cut the ribbon at a Friday event commemorating the revitalization of Waterville's downtown as they are flanked by Colby College President David Greene, left, and Waterville Mayor Jay Coelho, right. Credit: David Marino Jr. / BDN

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We are lucky here in Maine to have senators who listen to — and deeply consider — constituent concerns when deciding on what programs to support in Congress. Recently, I met with Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins to discuss how Medicare Advantage saved my life. I truly appreciate the time they took out of their busy schedules to sit down and hear my story.

I suffer from a rare blood disease that requires me to take medication that costs nearly $20,000 a month. If I don’t — it could turn fatal. Thankfully, through my Medicare Advantage plan, I only pay $9 a month. As you can imagine, it’s incredibly relieving to have a plan that keeps me covered.

Health scares have given me many ups and downs in life, but I know at the end of the day, I have strong health care coverage that supports me every step of the way.

I can confidently say that I would not be here today if I had not learned about Medicare Advantage through the Senior Planning Center. I thank our senators for continuing to stand up for Maine seniors and providing programs that save money and provide life-changing care.

Al Thurlow

New Vineyard