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CMS Names Medicare Advantage Plan Stars

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, October 17, 2012

This year CMS looked at 563 health plans and awarded five stars to only 15 Medicare health plans:

  • Dean Health Plan (Wisconsin),
  • Group Health Plan (Minnesota and Wisconsin),
  • Group Health Cooperative (Washington),
  • Gunderson Lutheran Health Plan (Iowa and Wisconsin);
  • Health New England (Massachusetts);
  • Humana (Wisconsin);
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (California, Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, the Middle Atlantic states, and the Northwest);
  • Medical Associates Clinic Health Plan (Washington);
  • Medical Associates Health Plan (Iowa and Illinois)

A five-star designation is coveted and rare; only a dozen out of 446 plans achieved it in 2011. The plans have a combined total of about 1.2 million members.

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