Analysis: Expanding Medicare Coverage Would Aid Seniors Struggling With High Out-Of-Pocket Costs.

July 15, 2021

Bloomberg (7/15, Dmitrieva, Ruoff) reports, “Senate Democrats’ plan to expand Medicare coverage would help a growing senior population often struggling with hefty out-of-pocket medical expenses, potentially providing ballast for the economy in coming years.” The $3.5-trillion measure “would include one key item that wasn’t in Biden’s plans: vision, dental and hearing benefits for Medicare recipients, who are disproportionately those over 65 years old.” This “would provide tens of millions of seniors – many of whom have low incomes – with care that they don’t currently have, likely boosting not only health spending but also freeing up money to go toward other goods and services, particularly essential goods.” The piece mentions the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Last modified on 07/16/2021

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