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Letter to Bush Administration criticizes Medicare handbook

Senate and House Democrats criticized the Medicare handbook in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. The letter states that the Medicare handbook was used to promote Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, rather than to provide objective information. The handbook fails to inform beneficiaries that the MA plans can require higher out-of-pocket costs. The letter recommends that the information on the Medicare website be corrected to remove problematic and biased language.

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