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Retiree Life Expectancy Means Longer Medicare Enrollment

Created on July 29, 2016

Retiree Life Expectancy Means Longer Medicare Enrollment


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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. Current retirees collect benefits significantly longer than when the program started.

Note: Some figures have been interpolated.SOURCES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, “Health, United States, 2015: With Special Feature on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities,” Table 15, p. 95, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf#015 (accessed May 19, 2016).

CHART 1 • SR 185

Tags: Medicare, retiree, health-care, deficit