Lawmaker investigating Medicare Advantage marketing tactics

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden has launched a probe into potentially deceptive marketing tactics used by Medicare Advantage plans. 

Mr. Wyden sent letters to 15 state insurance commissioners and state health insurance  assistance programs requesting data regarding Medicare Advantage complaints and other information, according to an Aug. 23 news release from his office. 

"I have heard alarming reports that MA and Part D health plans and their contractors are engaging in aggressive sales practices that take advantage of vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities," Mr. Wyden wrote in the letter.  

CMS recently said it received more than twice the complaints from older adults regarding Medicare Advantage plans in 2021 than in 2020, according to the news release. 

Read the letter here.

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