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Obama Administration Threatens Health Insurance Company For Deviating From Approved Thoughts

September 21, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

No dissent will be allowed in the Obama regime.  You will agree or be silent.  If you point out anything that Obama wants hidden, you will be dealt with, regardless of the truth behind the statements.

As you will note in the comments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),  they statements in Humana’s email “might” be against regulations.  Instead of getting a ruling, they put a stop to them immediately.

Let’s also ignore that Senator Bill Nelson(D-FL) wants to stop the cuts to Medicare Advantage too.  I guess Obama will have to make him shut up as well.

Dissent is the highest form of shut your mouth or else.

The Humana mailer focused squarely on the Medicare Advantage program.

"While these programs need to be made more efficient, if the proposed funding cut levels become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable," it said.

It urged seniors to sign up with Humana for regular updates on the health care legislation, and encouraged them to contact their lawmakers in Washington.

In a warning letter to Humana, HHS said the government is concerned that the mailer "is misleading and confusing" partly because the company’s lobbying campaign could be mistaken for an official communication about Medicare benefits.

HHS ordered the company to immediately halt any such mailings, and remove any related materials from its Web site. In the letter, the government also said it may take other action against Humana.

Humana received a cease and desist letter from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers both programs.

CMS is concerned that, among other things, this information is misleading and confusing to beneficiaries, represents information to beneficiaries as official communications about the Medicare Advantage program, and is potentially contrary to federal regulations and guidance for the MA and Part D programs and other federal law, including HIPAA. As we continue our research into this issue, we are instructing you to end immediately all such mailings to beneficiaries and to remove any related materials directed to Medicare enrollees from your website.

As is pointed out at the EconLog link, CMS says the wording of the materials is only "potentially contrary" to regulations yet they are ordering it removed before any finding it is actually against any rules.

Obama Administration Threatens Health Insurance Company For Deviating From Approved Thoughts

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