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Longer life expectancy means longer enrollment in Medicare

Created on May 22, 2012

Longer life expectancy means longer enrollment in Medicare

Revised and Updated March 22, 2013 

Slide 4 | Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform

The average life expectancy in the United States has increased since Medicare was created, but the program's eligibility age has remained constant at age 65. As a result, seniors collect benefits for almost three times as long compared to when the program started.