CMS Administrator, AHIP Agree: Medicare Marketing Fixes Were Overdue 

During a Sept. 20 KFF webinar, presenters and panelists seemed to agree on one thing: Regulations aimed at curbing misleading Medicare Advantage TV ads are a welcome fix for a mounting problem. Even an executive from the largest health insurance trade group acknowledged that “bad actors” in the MA marketing space need to be reined in — although he also stressed that most people are satisfied with their private Medicare plans. 

Meanwhile, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, who kicked off KFF’s hour-long virtual event, made it clear that the Biden administration is ratcheting up scrutiny of MA plans primarily in response to rising consumer complaints.  

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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