Data Visualization

The Facts About Medicare Spending

This interactive provides the facts on Medicare spending. Medicare, which serves 65 million people and accounts for 12 percent of the federal budget and 20 percent of national health spending, is at the heart of discussions about health expenditures and affordability.

Explore data on enrollment growth, Medicare spending trends overall and per person, growth in Medicare spending relative to private insurance, spending on benefits and Medicare Advantage, Part A trust fund solvency challenges, and growth in out-of-pocket spending by beneficiaries.

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New & Noteworthy

Medicare advantage statistics

Latest Polling
42%
of all Medicare beneficiaries (26 million people) are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2021. (2021 enrollment update)
65%
of enrollees in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans pay no additional premium in 2021 (2021 Premiums, Cost Sharing, Out-of-Pocket Limits and Supplemental Benefits)
29%
of all Medicare beneficiaries live in a county where more than half of Medicare beneficiaries in that county are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans (2021 Enrollment Update)
81%
of Medicare Advantage enrollees are in plans that receive bonuses based primarily on quality ratings, at a cost of $11.6 billion in 2021 (Star Ratings and Bonuses)
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