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What Would a Bad Budget Deal Mean For Your Medicare?

State-by-state analysis shows what a rushed budget deal could mean for the health of millions of seniors

Red stethoscope wrapped around money, Proposal to raise Medicare eligibility age

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Proposal on the table: Raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67

Right now, the president and Congress are considering a last-minute budget deal that would raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67.  This shortsighted change would take away coveragefor younger seniors, drive up premium costs for those already in Medicare, and even make insurance more expensive for businesses.  If enacted today, the proposal would force 5.4 million seniors to find a new source of coverage. Most of these seniors will face an increase in out-of-pocket costs averaging $2,200 per year.*

National Impact: If enacted today, 5.4 million people age 65 & 66 would be left without guaranteed health care nationwide.

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