Alternative Assumptions for Present Value Calculations of Lifetime Medicare Benefits

Alternative Assumptions for Present Value Calculations of Lifetime Medicare Benefits

These tables show how lifetime Medicare benefits net of premiums vary based on three sets of assumptions. Two estimates are presented using current law assumptions, as is presented in the 2012 Medicare Trustees Report and the National Health Expenditure Accounts. A third estimate is based on an alternative scenario by CMS in which scheduled cuts in benefit payment rates are not implemented and productivity adjustments required under the Affordable Care Act are not fully achieved.

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