Currently, all people with Medicare are entitled to the same set of basic benefits. Some policymakers support replacing Medicare’s defined benefit package with a fixed-dollar amount (often called a voucher) that beneficiaries would use to purchase health coverage through a private plan or Original Medicare. Converting Medicare to such a system, known as premium support, raises a number of beneficiary-related concerns.
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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