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TV commercials from aging quarterbacks and others for private Medicare plans don't tell the whole story, such as high deductibles

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TV commercials from aging quarterbacks and others for private Medicare plans don't tell the whole story, such as high deductibles TV commercials from aging quarterbacks and others for private Medicare plans don't tell the whole story, such as high deductibles

TV commercials from aging quarterbacks and others for private Medicare plans don't tell the whole story, such as high deductibles






Joe Namath, in image from Medicare Advantage TV commercial aired in Fall 2020By Trudy Lieberman

It seems nothing ever changes when it comes to hawking insurance to fill gaps in Medicare coverage. The fervent sales pitches, the misinformation, and the incomplete and deceptive information continue to proliferate.

For the last several weeks I?ve heard ad after ad urging older viewers to call 800 numbers to learn about the latest and greatest Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Retired football star Joe Namath says you need to ?get everything you?re entitled to.? Namath rattles off a bunch of extra benefits MA plans offer ? dental, vision, hearing, prescription drug coverage ? ?all at no extra cost.? He urges viewers to ?call the number on your screen now. It?s free.?
These are new benefits the government has let private insurers sell in hope of getting more seniors to leave traditional Medicare for a privatized system. By transferring more costs to seniors, the government saves taxpayers money.

Another commercial promises ?free eyeglasses and free rides,? presumably to doctors? offices. Yet another tells viewers they ?may qualify? to get $144 added back to their Social Security benefits. The Medicare Part B premium for 2021 is $148.50, which is, presumably, what the commercial promises to save those who choose the privatized system.

I suspected those ads were misleading and deceptive come-ons, designed to persuade listeners to call. So I made some calls. The 800 numb...
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Publication date: 28-11-2021 16:08
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