Longer Life Expectancy Means Longer Enrollment in Medicare
Created on July 30, 2015
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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.
Note: Some figures from 2009 through 2020 have been extrapolated. Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and Medicare at Risk, http://www.heritage.org/research/projects/ medicare-at-risk-visualizing-the-need-for-reform (accessed July 24, 2015).
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Tags: Medicare, Affordable-Care-Act, supplemental-coverage, taxes