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TIBERI: GAG ORDER RIDICULOUS, ADMINISTRATION SHOULDN’T CENSOR HEALTHCARE INFORMATION

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Orders Medicare Provider To Stop Informing Patients of Possible Changes to Their Healthcare Plans

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Washington, September 22, 2009 | comments

U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) order that Medicare Advantage Plan providers stop informing their enrollees about possible changes in their plans as a result of President Barack Obama’s proposed healthcare plan:

 

“The gag order issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is simply ridiculous.  Medicare providers are simply trying to inform and educate their beneficiaries about changes they may face if President Obama’s healthcare plan becomes law.  The facts are simple and undisputed.  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Officeconfirmed there are about $156 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage included in H.R. 3200, the House Democrats’ Healthcare bill.  They go as far as to say the legislation “could lead many plans to limit the benefits they offer, raise their premiums, or withdraw from the [Medicare Advantage] Program. 

 

“This order was spurred by Humana sending a one page letter to their beneficiaries explaining the possible cuts.  However, leaders at CMS have ordered Humana to cease communication and have begun an investigation.  It’s censorship pure and simple.  Amazing that other insurance providers, like AARP, can vocally advocate for changes outlined in President Obama’s plan,without such scrutiny.”

 

Note:  In the 12thCongressional District, nearly 29 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan.   

 

Read more about this issue here and what editorial boards are saying about it here

 

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