Medicare is a federal program well-loved by an overwhelming majority of older adults andpeople with disabilities who benefit from it, and by their families. According to a national poll, 70 percent of Americans believe that Medicare should be preserved in its current form and that the government should guarantee a defined set of benefits for our nation’s seniors. The stories in this report—collected from real beneficiaries and caregivers by the Medicare Rights Center—further evidence broad support for Medicare among Americans, in their own words. These Medicare voices are raised on Medicare’s 47th birthday—a critical moment in the program’s history.
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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