WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials say they have some good election-year news for seniors.
Monthly premiums for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans are rising by only $1.47 next year, to an average of $32.59.
The private plans often can provide the same services as traditional Medicare for a lower out-of-pocket cost, but seniors have to accept some restrictions on choice.
About 12 million Medicare recipients are in private plans. Enrollment is projected to rise by more than 1 million next year.
The news follows a recent announcement that prescription drug premiums would remain stable for the third year in a row, about $30 a month.
Since the premium numbers are averages, some people may see their costs go up. They can shop for a lower cost plan.