50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #8:
Provide a federal notice for all people approaching Medicare eligibility

No federal agency provides notification about Medicare eligibility to individuals not yet collecting Social Security benefits—meaning those not automatically enrolled in Medicare are not informed about enrollment rules and policies. Honest enrollment mistakes can result in lifetime premium penalties, gaps in health coverage, and higher health care costs. The federal government should provide a notice to all people approaching Medicare eligibility about how and when to enroll.