CMS halts auto-enrollment proposals from Medicare Advantage plans

By October 24, 2016IN THE NEWS

Modern Healthcare: CMS halts auto-enrollment proposals from Medicare Advantage plans (10/24/2016) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has temporarily ceased accepting new proposals from health insurance companies seeking automatic patient enrollment into their Medicare Advantage plans. The process, known as seamless conversions, allows health insurance companies to automatically enroll patients from a regular plan into a private Medicare Advantage plan once the patient has turned 65 years old. The process has been criticized for lacking consumer protections. Justice in Aging’s Directing Attorney Georgia Burke said,“We are very pleased with the moratorium and the plans to review the policy, because we really think they need to have additional attention on protecting and encouraging consumer choice.”

About Katrina Cohens

Katrina Cohens is based in Justice in Aging’s Washington, DC office and serves as the Program and Communications Associate.