Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, today introduced legislation that would prohibit Medicare Advantage plans from charging seniors and the disabled more than traditional fee-for-service Medicare.
Though seniors and people with disabilities wouldnt know it from the never-ending stream of insurance propaganda, Medicare Advantage plans charge more than traditional Medicare for a large number of services (from) home health care to hospital stays and chemotherapy drugs to durable medical equipment, Stark said in a statement.
The bill would prohibit Medicare Advantage planswhich have come under increased congressional scrutiny for the amount of their reimbursement from Medicare and questionable sales practices by some sales agentsfrom charging higher cost-sharing fees than Medicare for any service.
Bill Vaughan, senior policy analyst at Consumers Union, said the billalso called the Medicare Advantage Truth in Advertising Actwould help ensure that beneficiaries are not surprised and economically hurt by the confusing array of options before them. -- by Matthew DoBias