The Senate Special Committee on Aging holds a field hearing at the St. Louis Senior Center, with dozens of senior citizens, families, and friends watching Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) trying to raise awareness about Medicare Advantage insurance plans.
These plans are sold by private insurance companies. McCaskill says that while some are good in that they provide added benefits to policy holders, others replace the Medicare benefits already enjoyed by seniors and often require these older people to travel great distances to receive care. McCaskill wants the details made known up front when policies are sold … and she does not want private insurance companies using the word "Medicare" when selling these private plans.
McCaskill also wants insurance agents fined if they sell policies without fully disclosing the terms or without making it clear these are private policies and not Medicare.