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Data Spotlights Examine Financial Burden of Health Care on Medicare Beneficiaries

With renewed attention to the nation’s long-term budget deficit and the national debt, proposed changes to Medicare and other federal entitlement programs could significantly affect health coverage and spending for millions of older and disabled Americans.

These three data spotlights from the Kaiser Family Foundation provide new information on out-of-pocket health care spending among the nation’s 48 million Medicare beneficiaries, as well as income and asset projections for future beneficiaries by race, ethnicity and other demographic factors.

Health Care on a Budget: The Financial Burden of Health Spending by Medicare Households

How Much “Skin in the Game” is Enough? The Financial Burden of Health Spending for People on Medicare

Projecting Income and Assets: What Might the Future Hold for the Next Generation of Medicare

The three data spotlights are products of the Foundation’s Project on Medicare’s Future, a major new initiative of its Program on Medicare Policy.