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A Snapshot of Sources of Coverage Among Medicare Beneficiaries

(By Gabrielle Clerveau, Nancy Ochieng, Juliette Cubanski, and Tricia Neuman for The Kaiser Family Foundation Published: Aug 14, 2023)

Medicare provides health insurance coverage to 65 million people in the U.S., including 57 million older adults and nearly 8 million younger adults with disabilities. Coverage of Medicare benefits is provided through either traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage private plans. Many people with Medicare also have other coverage, such as Medicaid, Medigap, and employer coverage, which may pay some or all of their Medicare cost-sharing requirements and may also provide benefits that Medicare does not cover. This brief analyzes the different types of coverage that people with Medicare have and the demographic characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries with these different coverage types, based on data from the 2020 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (see Methods for details). Continue reading here…

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