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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

— James G Brey/Istockphoto

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.

State Number of Seniors Left
Without Health Care
Alabama 86,565
Alaska 9,692
Arizona 118,315
Arkansas 57,028
California 584,663
Colorado 77,826
Connecticut 64,752
Delaware 17,310
District of Columbia 9,351
Florida 398,560
Georgia 158,028
Hawaii 26,893
Idaho 25,759
Illinois 205,163
Indiana 108,004
Iowa 51,646
Kansas 45,574
Kentucky 76,426
Louisiana 74,091
Maine 28,069
Maryland 97,977
Massachusetts 109,752
Michigan 173,189
Minnesota 88,322
Mississippi 51,445
Missouri 108,540
Montana 20,470
Nebraska 27,766
Nevada 49,558
New Hampshire 25,359
New Jersey 153,342
New Mexico 34,685
New York 331,713
North Carolina 172,417
North Dakota 14,206
Ohio 196,448
Oklahoma 70,809
Oregon 73,175
Pennsylvania 233,404
Rhode Island 17,160
South Carolina 91,271
South Dakota 15,145
Tennessee 119,395
Texas 367,048
Utah 36,095
Vermont 13,157
Virginia 134,720
Washington 120,114
West Virginia 39,836
Wisconsin 95,996
Wyoming 9,403
Nationwide 5.4 Million

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