Study: Raising Medicare eligibility age might not save much

11/14/2011 | Politico (Washington, D.C.)

Raising the age of Medicare eligibility wouldn't save as much money as hoped, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report. While the gross savings of raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67 would be $31.1 billion, it would net $5.7 billion in savings in 2014, the report says. That's mainly because healthier 65- and 66-year-olds wouldn't be in the Medicare risk pool, and because recipients would be subsidized in insurance exchanges or covered by Medicaid, the report says.

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