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Avalere Study finds 30%+ Premium Increase on 10 most Popular PDP Plan Sponsors

Here is the whole article.  This was done on a “weighted average” based on enrollment.  Also assumes that members stay in their existing plans.  Also, according to CMS, 97% of Medicare beneficiaries will be able to find the same or lower premiums in 2009 versus 2008 (but that would mean switching plans).

CMS came out with some figures which I blogged about back in August which sounded much more encouraging.

Apparently, the reason for the discrepancy is that CMS doesn’t use a weighted average and only looks at the “Standard” plans.

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