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.Read More
- Low Income
This data note provides an overview of programs that help beneficiaries with most incomes with their Medicare costs, including the Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) and the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), and highlights findings from corresponding state-level profiles of eligibility and enrollment.
These state profiles capture the variations across states in the number and characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries through the Medicare Savings Programs and Medicare’s Part D Low-Income Subsidy.
Most Office-Based Physicians Accept New Patients, Including Patients With Medicare and Private Insurance
Despite occasional anecdotal reports of people having trouble finding a doctor who takes their insurance, we did through the available data and find that the vast majority of non-pediatric office-based physicians accept new Medicare patients, as well as new private insurance patients.
- Trust FUndThe Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund is projected to be depleted in 2026. The projected deficit amounts to $517 billion between 2026 and 2031. Our FAQs answer key questions about Medicare financing and trust fund solvency. In the 30 years prior to 2021, the trust fund has come within five years of depletion only twice – in 1996 and 1997. To date, Congress has never allowed the trust fund to be fully depleted.
Cost-Related Problems Are Higher Among Privately-Insured Adults 50 to 64 than Medicare-Covered Adults 65 and OlderA somewhat larger share of privately-insured adults ages 50 to 64 (16%) than Medicare-covered adults ages 65+ (11%) report having cost-related problems, defined as delaying or forgoing medical care due to costs or having problems paying medical bills.
- BasicsMedicare plays a key role in providing health care and financial security to more than 60 million older people and younger people with disabilities.
- Supplemental CoverageThis data note explores sources of coverage among beneficiaries in Medicare and the demographic characteristics of people with different types of coverage, based on data from the 2018 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey.
- DisparitiesThis chart collection examines the characteristics, experiences, and outcomes of the Medicare population by race and ethnicity. It includes data to describe demographics, health status and disease prevalence, health coverage, access to care and service utilization, and health outcomes, including data pertaining to disparities related to COVID-19.
- medicare part dThe Medicare Part D program provides an outpatient prescription drug benefit to older adults and people with long-term disabilities in Medicare who enroll in private plans, including stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) to supplement traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans (MA-PDs) that include drug coverage and other Medicare-covered benefits.
- quizTake this quiz to find out how much you know about Medicare, the people it serves, the benefits it covers, and its financial status.