Commonwealth Fund September 22, 2020
Karen Davis, Amber Willink

Toplines

Because of their limited incomes and high out-of-pocket expenses, many Medicare beneficiaries are in a more precarious financial situation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Medicare changes that could help include waiving cost-sharing for beneficiaries with COVID-19, opening Medicare to adults 55 to 64, limiting out-of-pocket costs, and expanding benefits

ABSTRACT

  • Issue: The COVID-19 pandemic is underscoring how the benefit design of traditional Medicare can leave beneficiaries financially vulnerable.
  • Goals: 1) Summarize financial challenges faced by Medicare beneficiaries before and after the pandemic; 2) identify federal measures to assist beneficiaries financially during the pandemic; and 3) recommend policy changes to ensure beneficiaries with COVID-19, and potentially all beneficiaries, have affordable access to care.
  • Methods: Use 2017 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey...

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