Connecticut Insurance Dept. Launches Investigation Of Misleading Medicare Mailer

The Connecticut Insurance Department has begun an investigation into that Medicare mailer we told you about yesterday that tries to scare seniors into buying extra insurance by claiming that Congress has cut benefits — right when the health care debate is dominating the news.

A copy of the mailer that went to a senior in Washington was sent by a direct mail firm, but listed an insurance agent, Tim Manry, who is apparently the Seattle branch manager for CT-based Futurity First.

Dawn McDaniel, spokeswoman for the Connecticut Insurance Department, which is responsible for regulating the insurance industry, sends along this statement:

The Insurance Department takes these allegations very seriously. Therefore, we have opened an investigation in this matter to ensure that CT residents are protected. If any Connecticut resident has received a similar notice from Futurity First, I urge them to contact the Insurance Department’s Consumer Affairs Hotline at 1-800-203-3447 or e-mail us at /at/

Futurity First and Manry have not responded to requests for comment.