More Medi­care Ad­van­tage plans nabbed top qual­ity marks for their 2016 plans than last year, a sign that pri­vate in­sur­ers are try­ing to meet the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s stan­dards for high-qual­ity prod­ucts and co­or­di­nated healthcare for se­niors.

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But the CMS’ star rat­ings also showed that pri­vate Medi­care plans are still fail­ing on many lev­els, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to pre­scrip­tion drug ben­e­fits. At­tain­ing four stars has clear mar­ket­ing ad­van­tages, but the CMS has tied fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives to the rat­ing sys­tem as well. Plans that earn at least four stars re­ceive a 5% boost to their monthly per-mem­ber pay­ments from Medi­care, while those with lower scores re­ceive noth­ing ex­tra.

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