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Bob Herman Apr 3, 2017
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Medicare Advantage rates, policies mostly unchanged for 2018

Jim Cole / AP

Medicare Advantage and Part D payment rates will increase by 0.45% on average for 2018, barely above the 0.25% that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed in February. The average rate will go up by 2.95% after estimating how health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers code the health risks of their Medicare members, CMS said Monday.

Between the lines: Not much changed between the final 2018 guidance and the proposal for Medicare Advantage, which spends about $200 billion per year. This was the last Medicare policy document from the Obama administration, and President Trump's team didn't have a lot of time to make its own changes. But the 185-page final notice contains some wins for the insurance industry.