If you've ever wondered about the finances of people receiving federally funded Medicare benefits - are they wealthy, poor or somewhere in between? - a new chart provides some clues.
What better time to reflect on how far Medicare has come from its origins nearly 50 years ago to its position front and center in debates over how to bring the federal deficit under control?
Low-wage workers tend to pay more for less robust health insurance coverage, according to a new survey. For family health care plans, employees at lower-wage companies paid an average of $700 more per year, despite the typical policy for these workers being worth $1000 less than average.
Almost a third of people who bought their own insurance last year will get refunds averaging $127 under a provision of the new health care law, according to a new analysis of state data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group.
Let's look at the numbers: By 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be at least 65, up from 13 percent today. The number of 85-year-olds will increase more than 50 percent. But the number of nursing homes dropped almost 9 percent from 2000 to 2009 and the number of under-construction nursing home units declined by a third from 20007 to 2011.
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