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2014 Medicare Trustees Report Urges Responsible Solutions

Posted By Nancy A. LeaMond On July 28, 2014 @ 2:23 pm In Take Care | No Comments

The Medicare Trustees report [1] today reminds us of the financial challenges facing Medicare, along with the overall high cost of health care. With 64 million Americans expected to be enrolled [2] in Medicare by 2020, we must do more to reduce wasteful spending throughout our health care system.

medicare-booklet [3]For starters, we can reduce costs and find significant savings in Medicare [4] and throughout the health care system with responsible solutions rather than harmful cuts. By improving care coordination, utilizing technology more efficiently, clamping down on high drug prices, reducing unnecessary services [5] and other wasteful spending, and targeting fraud and abuse, for example, we would improve our health care system as a whole while saving money in Medicare.

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Some in Washington still hold on to the mistaken belief that cutting benefits or asking seniors to pay more is the best way to address Medicare’s financial challenges, even though a typical senior has an annual income of just $20,000 and already pays thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket health care costs.

But we know that millions of older Americans depend on Medicare for guaranteed, affordable health coverage and simply cannot afford [7] more than they already pay. That’s why AARP advocates for common-sense changes that can ensure affordable health care for American families while improving the quality and delivery of care for today’s seniors and future generations.

Image: HHS Medicare Handbook

 

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[1] Medicare Trustees report: http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/ReportsTrustFunds/index.html?redirect=/reportstrustfunds/

[2] enrolled: http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/health/2014/who-relies-on-medicare-fact-sheet-2014-AARP-ppi-health.pdf

[3] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/medicare-booklet.png

[4] Medicare: http://www.aarp.org/health/health-insurance/info-2014/medicare-mistakes-to-avoid.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] reducing unnecessary services: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/30/medicare-overpays-6-7-billion-for-patient-evaluation-services/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[6] >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter: http://action.aarp.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Get_Involved&intcmp=HP-LN-sec9-pos1

[7] simply cannot afford: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/20/most-medicare-recipients-have-modest-incomes-kaiser-reports/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[8] How Medicare Might End Surprise Nursing Care Penalties: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/22/how-medicare-might-end-surprise-nursing-care-penalties/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[9] 4 Surgeries You Should Avoid: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-05-2011/4-surgeries-to-avoid.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[10] Fight fraud and ID theft with the AARP Fraud Watch Network.: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/?intcmp=AE-BL-ENDART-ADV-FWN

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