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Medicare Advantage Enrollment to Rise, Premium Costs Dip
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Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans, which provide services to about a quarter of the nation’s Medicare beneficiaries, is predicted to go up by about 5% in 2011, while premiums on average will dip by 1% from this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday. While the monthly premium decrease is small—from an average of $36.14 this year to $35.69 in 2011 (a 45-cent reduction)—the drop was unexpected among those who follow the Medicare program.