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Medicare open enrollment season — which began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7 — may seem to some seniors like it’s open season, a time when advertising health plans are derailed and unrestricted. The market is usually flooded with television commercials, promotional mailings and annoying telemarketing calls. Yet, amidst all the noise, there is some good news to be trusted.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the government agency that regulates Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the state and federal insurance marketplaces, recently released an announcement laying foot on the misleading sales pitches of Medicare Advantage plans. and Part D drug plans. Using “secret shoppers,” CMS found that 80% of agent calls with customers were inaccurate or insufficient. The result from 2023 will be tighter controls and approval on healthcare plan advertisements.

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