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Policy Basics

Medicare provides health coverage to people aged 65 and older and to younger adults with permanent disabilities.

We analyze proposals that would affect Medicare (such as replacing its guarantee of coverage with a premium-support voucher) to evaluate their impact on beneficiaries. We also monitor Medicare’s finances and work to ensure that proposals to strengthen its financial health do not unduly burden beneficiaries, such as by slashing benefits or shifting costs to them.

Medicare in the 2021 Trump Budget

President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes about $500 billion in net Medicare spending reductions over ten years (see table), most of which would come from reducing payments to health care providers...

Striking Down ACA Would Weaken Medicare

Medicare beneficiaries, providers, and plans could face severe harm if the federal courts allow a district court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to stand. As we noted earlier...