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Medicare Advantage Sales Scams on the Rise in CA

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2011

"This is what people are experiencing out there and what we want to stop," Barnhart said. He added that the DMHC has received hundreds of complaints in the last three years from Medicare eligible beneficiaries who switched to products they didn't want, didn't need, or were inappropriate for their situation.

The state now posts on its website a "Consumer Alert about Medicare scams" link with tips and actions for seniors to avoid deceptive healthcare plan marketing schemes.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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