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Should Medicare Eligibility Be Expanded?

It’s a Hot Topic and One We’ll Hear More About in the Months Ahead

Whether it’s Medicare at 50, a Buy-In Option or Medicare for All, there is little doubt that the debate on expanding Medicare will be a centerpiece issue as the 2020 primary season intensifies. Prior to the Democratic debates, some of these proposals were receiving strong support among Democrats and even a few Republicans. As the conversation has continued and some of the issues have been analyzed, support has weakened - primarily due to costs.

While Senator Bernie Sanders estimates the cost of his plan at $1.38 trillion per year, other studies have published numbers in excess of $30 trillion over 10 years. Expectations of provider reimbursement rates far below what private plans currently pay have experts cautioning that hospitals will close their doors and drug companies will lose much of their funding for research and development.

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After helping employers provide high quality health benefits for more than 5 decades, we are confident that workers enjoy far better medical care and customer service than they will experience in a Medicare for All or other Government sponsored system. Add concerns over longer wait times and the government’s ability to potentially reject certain treatments and Americans could face a system similar to those that currently encourage people from other countries to seek quality medical treatment in the U.S. We’re equipped to help our clients control future healthcare costs and retain the flexibility their plans provide. To learn more, give us a call at your convenience.

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What Have Others Been Saying?

> Medicare At 55 Could Gain Momentum In 2019 - from Forbes.com

> Expanding Medicare Eligibility Entails Many Design Issues - from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

> Employee health benefits’ costs expected to rise 5% in 2020, new survey says - from CNBC

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