President Donald Trump’s administration has reportedly been sending emails to millions of Medicare beneficiaries, promoting private Medicare Advantage plans.
According to the New York Times, the administration has been sending emails with subject lines such as “Get more money benefits for your money,” and “See if you can save money with Medicare Advantage.”
The emails, per the report, say in fine print that they were “created and distributed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” though CMS Administrator Seema Verma denies pushing patients toward the private plans.
“We are not steering any Medicare beneficiary anywhere,” she told the Times.
Richard S. Foster, former chief actuary of the Medicare program, says the emails sounded less like objective information and more like advertising.
“The statements made in the emails are generally accurate, but they are one-sided,” he said. “The advantages of M.A. plans are emphasized, while the disadvantages are not mentioned.”
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