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Capitol Health Call
January 11, 2012

Medicare Advantage

JAMA. 2012;307(2):134. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1928

Enrollment is up for Medicare Advantage plans, the private plan alternative to Medicare's traditional fee-for-service program, and premiums for beneficiaries are down, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO report, released December 1, found enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans increased by about 6%, from 7.9 million to 8.4 million beneficiaries, from April 2010 through April 2011, and the premiums seniors paid for these plans decreased 14%, saving them nearly $50 million. The average monthly premium decreased from $28 to $24 (http://tinyurl.com/7jf2cxp).

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