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Humana and the 1st Amendment

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm

This is the Letter that Congress and the Obama Administration believe they need to stop from being read.  Why?  What next, banning books?

With the media reporting daily on Congress’ and President Obama’s efforts to enact meaningful health reforms this year, many Humana Medicare Advantage (MA) members are contacting us with questions. Members just like you want to know what these reforms might mean for their Medicare health plan and how they can get involved to help protect Medicare Advantage.


We are working diligently to ensure that our nation’s leaders understand how proposed reforms might affect you. At the same;time, we have created the Partner program to keep you informed about proposed Medicare changes and help you get involved so your voice is heard in Washington. Your opinions matter to us, to others on Medicare, and to your elected officials. There are two things you can do now to help show Congress the importance of Medicare Advantage:


• Opt into the Partner program. Becoming a Partner is easy. Just complete the accompanying, postage-paid form and follow the instructions to fold and mail it back. As a Humana Partner, you will join more than 50,000
Humana Medicare Advantage members who are receiving information about this issue and learning how to get involved to protect your Medicare health plan coverage.


• Let your Members of Congress know why Medicare Advantage is important to you. Congress is considering significant cuts to Medicare Advantage now, and your Members of Congress will want to know why this program is valuable to you because these cuts could mean higher costs and benefit reductions to many on Medicare Advantage.


We’ve made it easy for you to have your voice heard.

Just call (877) 698-9228 (toll-free) or visit http://www.humanapartners.com for additional information about this issue and how you can offer helpful input to your elected officials.


Leading health reform proposals being considered in Washington, D.C., this summer include billions in Medicare Advantage funding cuts, as well as spending reductions to original Medicare and Medicaid. 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.


On behalf of Humana’s 28,000 employees, I would like to thank you/or being a Humana membel~ We look forward to partnering with you to ensure the Medicare Advantage program remains strong, so you can have peace of mind about your health coverage-now and in the future!

Regards,
Philip Painter, M.D. Chief Medical Officer
Humana Medicare

Why would the administration feel the need to stop this letter?

“It is wholly unacceptable for insurance companies to mislead seniors regarding any subject — particularly on a subject as important to them, and to the nation, as health care reform,” Baucus said Monday, disclosing the HHS investigation. What part of that letter was unacceptable?  The contact your congress part?

“As we continue our research into this issue, we are instructing you to immediately discontinue all such mailings to beneficiaries and to remove any related materials directed to Medicare enrollees from your Web sites,” said a notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Teresa DeCaro, an agency official, sent the notice to all companies that sell private Medicare coverage and stand-alone drug plans to seniors.

Are they afraid of an open dialog? Do insurance companies not have 1st Amendment rights? Does the administration feel they have the right to stop free speech? Does congress feel they have the ability to stop free speech?

Before my Insurance company is put out of business and I am forced to pay for insurance for others who choose not to pay for their own policies I wish to see this answered. Since there is no torte reform maybe this should be answered in court.

Most of the web sites that you try to find this letter are blocked, down, or under cyber attack. Why?

What do you think?

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