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March 1, 2024

We want to alert consumers to exercise caution when considering paying fees for Medicare advice. It is important to know that licensed insurance agents, who are experts in Medicare, are prohibited from charging any fees to provide guidance on Medicare.

Note: A fee-based advisor is not bound by the same insurance licensing, compliance oversight, and ongoing regulatory and continuing education requirements as those who do sell plans and licensed. 

Licensed insurance agents play a crucial role in helping individuals navigate the complexities of Medicare and select appropriate coverage. These agents are compensated through commissions paid by insurance companies when individuals enroll in their recommended plans. As a result, there is no need for consumers to pay any additional fees for accessing their expertise and guidance.

It's essential to remember the following points:

  1. Avoid Unnecessary Expenses: Paying fees for Medicare advice is unnecessary and can potentially burden your pocket without providing any added benefits.
  2. Explore Licensed Insurance Agents: Licensed insurance agents are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help you make informed decisions about Medicare coverage. They can provide comprehensive advice and guidance without charging any fees.
  3. Prohibited Practice: Licensed insurance agents are strictly prohibited from charging fees for Medicare advice. This rule ensures that consumers can access reliable guidance without incurring additional costs.

When seeking Medicare advice, always verify the license and credentials of the individuals or organizations offering assistance. Ensure that they are licensed insurance agents who adhere to the regulations that prohibit charging fees for their services.

There are some potential risks associated with fee-based Medicare insurance advisors. It is important to be aware of these risks and exercise caution. Here are some points to consider:

  1. Limited Scope of Advice: Fee-based Medicare insurance advisors may have a narrow focus on specific aspects of Medicare, such as plan selection, rather than providing comprehensive financial planning or health advice[1]. This limited scope of advice could potentially overlook other important factors that could impact your overall healthcare needs.
  2. Licensing and Qualifications: It is crucial to ensure that Medicare insurance advisors are licensed, reputable, and equipped to provide the range of services required[2]. Checking their licensing status and professional qualifications can help verify their expertise and commitment to ethical practices.
  3. Transparency and Disclosure: Advisors should provide clear information about their compensation structure, including any potential conflicts of interest[1]. It is important to understand how they are compensated and how it may impact the advice and recommendations they provide.
  4. Due Diligence: Before working with any Medicare insurance advisor, it is important to conduct thorough research, check their credentials, and read client reviews[2]. Seeking referrals and conducting background checks can help ensure that you are working with a reputable advisor.

While fee-based Medicare insurance advisors may present some risks, it is important to note that not all advisors are problematic, and many operate ethically and transparently. It is crucial to evaluate advisors based on their qualifications, reputation, and alignment with your specific needs and goals.

By working with licensed insurance agents, you can receive professional Medicare guidance at no additional cost, ensuring you make informed decisions about your healthcare coverage.

This notice is offered as general information, and it is recommended to consult additional sources and conduct thorough research before making any decisions.


  1. The Ugly Truth about Fee-Based Medicare Advisors
  2. Medicare Advisors: What They Do & How To Find One - RetireGuide

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