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  • Coverage of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Medicare

    One million women of reproductive age (20 to 49 years) receive their health insurance coverage from Medicare, qualifying for Medicare coverage because of having a long-term disability. This brief describes Medicare coverage of sexual and reproductive health services for women and others capable of becoming pregnant.
  • How Many Older Adults Live in Poverty?

    In 2022, about 6 million (10.2%) seniors had incomes below the official poverty measure, with this figure rising to about 8 million (14.2%) under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for medical expenses.
  • 10 Key Facts About Women with Medicare

    More than half of all people with Medicare are women, including more than 31 million ages 65 and older and about 4 million under age 65 with long-term disabilities. Medicare coverd a broad range of services essential to women’s health, including preventive, reproductive, primary, and specialty care, and prescription drugs.
  • Gaps in Medicare Advantage Data Remain Despite CMS Actions to Increase Transparency

    Nearly everyone with Medicare had coverage through Medicare Advantage or traditional Medicare paired with some type of other coverage in 2021. But 3.2 million beneficiaries had no additional coverage, raising their risk of high out-of-pocket medical costs.

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The Facts About Medicare Spending

This interactive provides the facts on Medicare spending. Medicare, which serves 65 million people and accounts for 13 percent of the federal budget and 21 percent of national health spending, is often the focus of discussions about health expenditures, health care afforbability and the sustainability of federal health programs.

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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