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Medicare open enrollment season — which began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7 — may feel for some seniors like it’s open season, a time when the advertising health plans are off the rails and unrestricted. The marketplace is typically flooded with television ads, promotional mail pieces and unwelcome telemarketing calls. Yet, among all this noise there is some good, trustworthy news. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the government agency that regulates Medicare and Medicaid, as well as state and federal insurance marketplaces, recently issued an announcement putting its foot down on misleading sales pitches of Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D drug plans. Using “secret shoppers,” CMS found that 80 percent of agent calls with clients were inaccurate or insufficient. The result starting in 2023 will be tighter controls and approval on the advertisements of health care plans.