Politics & Government

September 28, 2009 7:41 AM

Medicare Advantage plans stir up debate

Nationally, Medicare Advantage plans are the subject of fierce debate as Congress attempts to craft a health care reform bill. Supporters say they offer extra benefits that seniors love, and opponents call the average 14 percent extra they cost per recipient a giveaway to insurance companies. In North Carolina, state regulators say people with Medicare Advantage insurance have often had problems finding doctors and hospitals to take the coverage.

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