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The Future of Medicare: 15 Proposals You Should Know About

Pros and cons of options on the table in Washington

En español | You’ve paid into Medicare, and you deserve to know what changes are being proposed and how each might affect you and your family.

See also: The Social Security options.

Medicare guarantees affordable health care to more than 50 million Americans today, but it is facing long-term financial challenges.

Here are summaries of 15 options being talked about in Washington. Each summary is accompanied by two opinions that AARP commissioned from experts whose views typically represent different sides of the issues.

The experts:

  • Henry J. Aaron, Ph.D., of the Brookings Institution

  • Stuart Butler, Ph.D., of the Heritage Foundation

For proposals in which the experts did not provide distinctly different positions, AARP commissioned experts from Avalere Health, a leading health care consulting firm, to provide analysis.

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