Attention, policymakers: Medicare Advantage enrollees love their coverage and their licensed agents

 By Bobby Jindal and Steve Beshear

Even the most well-intentioned government actions risk backfiring when undertaken without due care and deliberation. Incremental, focused change helps ensure outcomes that align with the best interests of citizens. As former state governors, one a Democrat and one a Republican, we understand that principle, one we worked to make a hallmark of our administrations in Kentucky and Louisiana.

Unfortunately, to judge by its aggressive and expanding intervention into the Medicare Advantage market, that’s a lesson the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may have to learn the hard way.

We applaud CMS officials, along with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and his colleagues in the Senate Finance Committee, for steps they have taken to protect Medicare beneficiaries from unscrupulous and unlicensed marketers peddling false promises and scare tactics. Bad actors should have no place in today’s Medicare Advantage market.



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