There will be fewer Medicare Advantage plans in 2014.

The main reason? “Continued payment reductions enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” Avalere Health found.

The total number of MA plans will decline 5.3 percent—from 2,664 plans in 2013 to 2,522 in 2014, the consulting firm said. Researchers analyzed the MA, Special Needs Plans and Part D landscape files released by CMS.

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