The CMS issued new guidance on how insurance companies can correspond with Medicare beneficiaries about healthcare reform bills after a dust-up that had Republicans crying foul. The agency now says that insurers can send information to beneficiaries about pending state or federal legislation as long as they receive prior authorization from plan members. The political mailings cannot be included in correspondence about members’ plan information. Prior authorization can be obtained from members by mail, telephone, e-mail and also at public venues such as health fairs. Insurers must obtain authorization at their own expense, according to the CMS.
Late News: CMS issues guides on insurer-beneficiary contact
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