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Anyehara De Los Santos is Pushing for Better Medicare from the Streets Up

A Bronx Tale: Anyehara De Los Santos is Pushing for Better Medicare

Forget Wall Street suits and fancy think tanks – the fight for better healthcare is happening in the Bronx, and Anyehara De Los Santos is leading the charge. This Medicare sales rep isn't just slinging plans; she's a walking encyclopedia of coverage gaps and hidden loopholes, using her street smarts and fierce advocacy to ensure her community gets the healthcare they deserve.

Imagine this: you're a senior in the Bronx, navigating the labyrinthine world of Medicare. Confusing paperwork, surprise bills, and limited coverage for crucial needs can leave you feeling lost and frustrated. That's where Anyehara steps in. With a smile as warm as cafecito and a hustle that could rival a bodega cat, she empowers her neighbors to understand their rights and fight for better care.

"I've seen firsthand how hidden costs and coverage gaps can devastate families," Anyehara tells me, her voice crackling with Bronx energy. "That's why I don't just sell plans; I educate. I show people how to advocate for themselves and make their voices heard."

And heard they are. Anyehara isn't just knocking on doors. She's testifying at city council meetings, mobilizing community groups, and even writing op-eds in local papers, her words a potent mix of personal experience and policy savvy. Remember those two "hidden areas" where Medicare falls short? Yep, Anyehara brought those to light, sparking a crucial conversation about expanding coverage.

"It's not always easy," she admits. "But when I see a senior get the treatment they need, when I see a policy change that helps people, that fuels me. It's about giving people the power to take control of their health, and that's a fight worth having."

Do Seniors Need Help with Medicare? The Numbers Speak

Yes, many seniors need help with Medicare. The program provides the following:

  • Valuable health insurance coverage.
  • Navigating its complexities can be challenging, especially for older adults with cognitive decline.
  • Limited mobility.
  • Lack of familiarity with technology.

Here are some statistics to illustrate the scope of the need:

  • 40% of Medicare beneficiaries report having difficulty understanding their plan options. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • 20% of Medicare beneficiaries have experienced problems paying their out-of-pocket costs. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries have delayed or skipped needed care due to cost concerns. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)

Here are some specific areas where seniors may need help with Medicare:

  • Choosing the right plan: There are many different Medicare plans available, each with its benefits, costs, and coverage rules. Seniors may need help understanding the options and choosing the program that best meets their needs.
  • Enrolling in a program: The Medicare enrollment process can be confusing and time-consuming. Seniors may need help understanding the deadlines, completing the paperwork, and avoiding common mistakes.
  • Understanding their benefits: Even after enrolling in a plan, seniors may not fully understand their Medicare coverage. They may need help understanding their benefits, copays, and deductibles.
  • Paying their bills: Medicare bills can be complex and confusing. Seniors may need help understanding their bills, making payments, and avoiding late fees.
  • Appealing denied claims: If a Medicare claim is denied, seniors can appeal the decision. However, the appeals process can be long and complex. Seniors may need help understanding the appeals process and advocating for themselves.

Anyehara's story is a testament to the power of grassroots advocacy. It's a reminder that change doesn't always come from the top down but from the everyday heroes like her, pounding the pavement and speaking truth to power, one Bronx block at a time. So, the next time you hear about healthcare policy debates, remember Anyehara De Los Santos, the Medicare sales rep with a mission. She's proof that a single voice, amplified by the community, can move mountains, even in the concrete jungle of the Bronx.

Natalie Nyugen

Natalie Nyugen / About Author

Research analyst and contributor on Company InFocus. B.A. in International Marketing from Rutgers Business School.