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
  • Help with Medicare Premium and Cost-Sharing Assistance Varies by State

    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.

  • Medicare Low-Income State Profiles

    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.

  • FAQs on Medicare Financing and Trust Fund Solvency

    The 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.
  • FAQs on Medicare Coverage of Telehealth

    Due to an expansion during the COVID-19 public health emergency, all people with Medicare can use telehealth from their homes for a wide array of services from a range of providers. This will last for 151 days after the PHE ends — but no longer, as of now. Our FAQs address Medicare’s coverage of telehealth, changes during the pandemic and future policy considerations.

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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