“Means testing” the Medicare program is making higher income people pay more or get less by raising premiums or cutting benefits for people above a certain income level. Such proposals not only threaten to undermine the Medicare guarantee but also fail to recognize that older adults with higher incomes already pay more for Medicare during their working lives and/or after retirement.
Any changes to the Medicare program must aim for healthier people, better care, and smarter spending—not paying more for less. As policymakers debate the future of health care, we will provide our insights here.
Thinking ahead to Medicare's future, it’s important to modernize benefits and pursue changes that improve how people with Medicare navigate their coverage on a daily basis. Here are our evolving 30 policy goals for Medicare’s future.
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