For decades, Medicare and Medicaid have served as building blocks for health care and well-being for older adults and people with disabilities. The programs, with some overlap, serve different populations, provide different benefits, have different structures, and often face different political obstacles.
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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