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Doctors, patients, and seniors groups are airing new grievances about Medicare Advantage, arguing the growing government program is failing seniors and making life miserable for doctors and other providers.

But health insurance companies — most of which make sizable profits on the MA plans they offer — are defending the private alternative to traditional Medicare. They say MA remains popular among those who pick their plans and provides extra benefits that help keep older adults healthy. The insurance industry’s primary lobbying group also hinted at litigation if the government moved forward with a regulation that would beef up audits on MA plans.

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