Lower-Cost Health Plan Choices Available to More Beneficiaries in 2005

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CMS Expects Further Increases in Health Plan Options in 2006 With Proposed Payments

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More Medicare beneficiaries are expected to have access to Medicare Advantage plans, based on a substantial number of new applications from health plans to participate in the program.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received applications for more than 141 new local Medicare Advantage plans in 2005.

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