CMS issued a press release late last week, you can read the Press Release here. Medicare Advantage premiums for 2014 are expected to increase by $1.64 to $32.60/month. Medicare Part D premiums for 2014 are expected to hold steady for the fourth year in a row at around $31/month.
The number of 4 star plans is expected to increase from 28% to about 1/3 of all plans. This could be a result of either more four star plans or 3.5 and lower star plans exiting the market. Further, about 50% of Medicare beneficiaries are expected to be in 4 star plans, up significantly from 37% last year.