WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting new curbs
on private insurance plans that are popular with seniors in
Medicare, but have been criticized for marketing abuses and high
costs to the government.
Administration officials said the changes include winnowing down
the number of versions of a plan that insurers can offer and
discouraging insurers from shifting costs to patients with chronic
diseases. The changes also include banning a sometimes common
practice of charging patients more for brand name drugs.