New & Noteworthy
- 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.
- Drug pricesThis issue brief describes the status of proposals to give the federal government the authority to negotiate drug prices in Medicare, including how the negotiation process would work under H.R. 3 and the expected effects on spending for Medicare, beneficiaries and people with private insurance. The CBO has estimated that one leading proposal would lead to savings of more than $450 billion over a 10-year period.
- Health ReformMedicare covers more than 60 million Americans, but gaps in coverage and high cost-sharing requirements can make health care difficult to afford. We examined policy options to make Medicare more affordable, including the likely cost & how many people would be helped.
- DentalAlmost half of all Medicare beneficiaries (47%) did not have a dental visit within the past year as of 2018, our analysis finds. Rates were higher among those who are Black (68%) or Hispanic (61%) than among Whites (42%). Also, nearly half of all people with Medicare (47%) did not have dental coverage, as of 2019. The others got it through Medicare Advantage (29%), private insurance (16%) and Medicaid (8%).
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.
of all Medicare beneficiaries (26 million people) are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2021. (2021 enrollment update)
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)
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)
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)
- 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.
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