How Might Lowering the Medicare Age Affect Medicaid Enrollees?

(By MaryBeth Musumeci, Robin Rudowitz, and Tricia Neuman for Kaiser Family Foundation published June 10, 2021)

President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposes lowering the Medicare enrollment age from 65 to 60, and a group of over 150 House Democrats recently called for a provision lowering the Medicare age to 60 or 55 to be included in the President’s American Families Plan. President Biden’s budget proposes “giving people age 60 and older the option to enroll in the Medicare program with the same premiums and benefits as current beneficiaries, but with financing separate from the Medicare Trust Fund.” The President’s budget proposal does not detail how lowering the Medicare age would work or be financed, or how it would affect current Medicaid spending and enrollees. While lowering the Medicare eligibility age based solely on work history to 60 could provide coverage to older adults who are currently uninsured or provide a more affordable option for people with private health insurance coverage, it also could affect Medicaid enrollees in this age range. Some Medicaid enrollees might lose Medicaid coverage when they gain Medicare, and others might become dually eligible for both programs, depending on the details of how it would work.  Continue to reading here…

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