The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is about to mount a fierce battle to defend the Medicare supplement insurance program against any efforts to cut coverage or revamp plan design.

The NAIC, Kansas City, Mo., is preparing to send members of Congress a letter warning of dire consequences to seniors and extreme marketplace disruption if budget cutters tamper with Medigap.

The NAIC Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee talked about the letter Monday during a conference call that was arrangedto take the place of a session originally scheduled to take place in Philadelphia at the NAIC's summer meeting. The meeting was canceled as a result of Hurricane Irene.

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