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Examining Approaches to Lower the Medicare Eligibility Age

When Medicare was enacted 55 years ago, the minimum eligibility age was selected to match the full retirement age of 65 for Social Security. Prior to Medicare, the elderly were the most likely to be in poverty, had medical expenses twice as high as those under 65, and only half of retirees had any source of health coverage. Together, Social Security and Medicare are crucial to protecting the health and financial security of over 60 million older people and younger people with a disability.

November 30th, 2020|

Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility: Message from the Co-Chairs

Proposals to adapt Medicare to extend coverage to new beneficiary populations present a significant set of technical and program design challenges. As a leading hub for health policy experts, the National Academy of Social Insurance formed the Study Panel on Medicare Eligibility to examine the options for, and implications of, extending eligibility for Medicare beyond the current covered populations.

March 26th, 2020|

Achieving Access to Health Care Coverage and Services to Promote Economic Security and Ability to Participate in Work

“The first wealth is health.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson offered this observation in The Conduct of Life published in 1860, and the statement remains centrally true to the human condition today. The simple sentence belies the range of factors that have an impact on the health of individuals and populations, including the social insurance and other public policies that affect the ability to maintain health insurance and to obtain access to necessary health care services on a consistent basis throughout the lifespan. Good health is essential to the ability of people to participate effectively in education, productive work, recreation, and civic and community life. The current political and economic environment presents several threats as well as opportunities for ensuring access to health care across the generations.

January 19th, 2019|
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