Sen. Bill Nelson’s Florida Flim Flam

Medicare Advantage allows seniors to use private insurers to give Medicare benefits. While far from perfect, Medicare Advantage has significant advantages over the traditional, government-monopoly model of Medicare, as I have recently examined.

Here’s an interesting notion: If Medicare Advantage provides superior benefits to traditional Medicare benefits, then the “Florida Flim Flam” will increase the immigration of seniors from other states into Florida. However, Florida is also Ground Zero for Medicare fraud.

One reasonably presumes that the fraudsters are able to operate more successfully in regions where Medicare beneficiaries are a larger share of the population. So, Sen. Nelson (FL) may be responsible for a forthcoming increase in Medicare fraud!

This blog post originally appeared on State House Call.

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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