“This year’s Medicare Trustees report reinforces the recent progress that has been made through greater Medicare savings and lower costs per enrollee. The report also highlights the financial challenges that continue to face the Medicare program, which is projected to provide critical health coverage to 64 million Americans by 2020.
“We can and must continue to find ways to improve care and reduce unnecessary costs in Medicare using sensible solutions that do not harm beneficiaries. AARP is addressing the biggest challenges to Medicare’s long-term stability by working on ways to reduce high prescription drug costs, improve health care outcomes, and eliminate unnecessary testing, excess paperwork, and waste and fraud in the program. All of these things will improve our health care system as a whole while at the same time saving money in Medicare.
“A typical senior today has an annual income of just under $25,000 and pays roughly one out of every six dollars of this in out-of-pocket health care costs. The more than 55 million older Americans who today depend on Medicare for guaranteed, affordable health coverage simply cannot afford more than they already pay.
“AARP will continue to advocate for policy changes that will ensure adequate affordable health care for American families while improving the quality and delivery of care for today’s seniors and future generations.”
Note to reporters: Please visit AARP Public Policy Institute at www.aarp.org/ppi for both national and state data on Medicare.
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