December 20th, 2017
In November 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed alleging, among other things, that advertising for UnitedHealth’s Medicare Plans with AARP’s logo and name violates California law, which prohibits advertising for insurance directed at people 65 years and older to include the name and logo of any non-profit or senior organization. The lawsuit was transferred to
June 29th, 2017
This helpline may be trying to sell you something.
December 4th, 2014
Reader alerts others to companies that potentially “break” Medicare by overcharging for medical products.
November 21st, 2019
In May 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against AARP for allegedly failing to adequately disclose that when AARP sells Medigap (Medicare supplemental health insurance) policies, it keeps a portion of the amount consumers pay as a commission for marketing and selling the policies, which plaintiffs allege is illegal because AARP is not a licensed
November 1st, 2019
FTC alerts consumers to Medicare scam.
October 30th, 2019
Email thanked consumer for “choosing” Clearlink. There was just one problem: She never did.
September 10th, 2018
In August 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against AARP and UnitedHealth Group for allegedly artificially inflating the charges for Medigap supplemental health insurance policies (which offer extra coverage to Medicare beneficiaries). The complaint alleges that the insurance providers do not disclose that a percentage of the premium consumers pay goes to AARP. In addition,
May 9th, 2018
In May 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the sellers of a Medicare supplement program called My Senior Healthcare Partners for allegedly falsely representing to the elderly that the program provides air ambulance transportation from the Medical Air Services Association (MASA) and that policy holders can name a beneficiary to inherit the benefits when,
March 21st, 2018
In February 2018, class-action lawsuits were filed against AARP and UnitedHealth Group for allegedly charging artificially inflated prices for Medigap supplemental health insurance policies that offer extra coverage to Medicare beneficiaries and failing to disclose that a portion of the insurance premiums is used as a “royalty” payment that goes from UnitedHealth to AARP. Plaintiffs
December 27th, 2017
When it came to keeping ads honest in 2017, TINA.org was plenty busy.
December 29th, 2014
Reader submissions flagging deceptive advertising helped TINA.org have a great year.
November 5th, 2013
Fine a deterrent, or just cost of doing business?
October 31st, 2013
Newsmax Media, a website that claims to be a news site, sells newsletter subscriptions and is currently pitching the Franklin Prosperity Report as a way to get “Free Stuff and Great Bargain Adventures for People Over 50.” Newsmax promises to tell subscribers about: – An often overlooked government program that could give you free health
October 1st, 2013
Fraudsters target consumers as healthcare marketplace goes live.
July 18th, 2013
The FTC is warning consumers about illegal robocalls that pitch unwanted safety alert systems for older adults. The calls disguise themselves as a local number. If you pick up, the pre-recorded call pitches a “free” safety alert system, or tells you someone ordered a system for you, and encourages you to “press one” to speak
March 21st, 2013
It’s D-Day for the Sunshine Act. Find out who has been wining and dining your doctor.
February 5th, 2013
Two weeks after Amgen pled guilty to a single misdemeanor count of drug misbranding in a $762 million record settlement, it won a major victory.
January 4th, 2013
Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company that made billions marketing its anemia drug Aranesp for unapproved uses, agreed to pay $762 million to settle off-use marketing charges.
September 7th, 2012
Unusual job ad. Where’s Hildy Johnson when you need her?