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.