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Medicare Agency Announces Decreased Payments to Medicare Advantage Insurers in 2010, Says MedicareSupplementPlans.com
Date:7/22/2009

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced cuts in payments to Medicare Advantage insurers of as much as 4.5 percent by the year 2010. The additional costs could be passed along to seniors, says MedicareSupplementPlans.com.

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) July 22, 2009 -- In a move that will likely increase costs to seniors for their Medicare Advantage health insurance plans, in April the federal government announced a decrease in the rates it will use to figure Medicare Advantage reimbursements to insurers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid, expects those payments to fall by 4 to 4.5 percent next year.

This raises concerns for seniors regarding how the lower rate will affect their private health insurance plans, since lower reimbursements could impact earnings for private insurers and cause them to pass along costs to those they insure. The overall impact could be higher premiums with fewer benefits for those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

Alan Weinstock, an insurance broker at www.MedicareSupplementPlans.com, recognizes the need for seniors to find the best health care coverage available: "Understanding the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement plans, also known as Medigap insurance, is important. It's important to help seniors evaluate their needs by comparing the rates and plans of several well-known insurance companies."

That's exactly what Ira Polak, 70, of Chatsworth, Calif., discovered when he contacted Weinstock. "I especially appreciated his showing my wife and me the plan he felt was best, and
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