Draft of Official Medicare Guide Distorts Facts in Favor of Privatization

Senior advocates say new draft guide to Medicare distorts facts. Here’s what you need to know

May 25, 2018

Medicare & You is the government’s seminal guide to all things Medicare, and is a primary resource used by consumers in each year’s annual enrollment season beginning Oct. 15. As such, it is or should be the gold standard of reliable information for more than 65 million people already enrolled in Medicare and the millions of people who newly enroll each year.

According to three leading senior advocacy groups, however, the 2019 draft version of Medicare & You has unfairly tilted the playing field. After reviewing the draft, the three groups – the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Justice in Aging, and the Medicare Rights Center – said it contained false statements that appear designed to convince people that private Medicare Advantage (MA) insurance plans are superior to original Medicare.


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