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TV ads don’t tell the full story behind high out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Advantage plans

In December, we wrote about Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and the television advertisements that touted their benefits. We warned that out-of-pocket costs could rise sharply if an MA member gets sick or injured.

But one angle in that story didn’t get enough coverage: The trouble any seniors in MA plans would face they wanted to disenroll in their MA plan to get more suitable coverage. Although we noted that my AHCJ colleagues Liz Seegert, who writes about aging, and Cheryl Clark, who reports on patient safety, have covered this topic well, health care journalists can and should do more reporting on this troubling aspect of Medicare Advantage.

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