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“Federal and state regulators are being urged to increase their oversight of insurance agents and brokers selling Medigap policies, the private supplemental coverage owned by millions of people with traditional Medicare that pays out-of-pocket costs,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “These brokers received paid vacations and cash bonuses to enroll customers in plans offered by specific companies, according to a report released Wednesday by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat. ‘Giant insurance companies have free rein to scam millions of seniors in Medigap, offering agents lavish vacations to steer unknowing beneficiaries into more expensive plans,’ Ms. Warren said in a statement. ‘Regulators must act to make sure seniors aren’t getting fleeced.’ The report found that at least 32 Medigap insurers were associated with reward programs, either directly or through third parties. These incentives are legal, but can create financial reasons for agents to recommend more expensive policies or plans from a single insurer.” Reed Abelson, “Brokers get lush trips and cash perks to sell costly Medigap plans,” The New York Times.

Jeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded...