Changing the Age of Medicare Eligibility

Changing the Age of Medicare Eligibility

Implications for Older Adults, Employers, and the Government
December 16, 2003

Abstract

Growing concerns about health insurance coverage for near elderly adults have recently prompted calls to lower the age of Medicare eligibility, while increases in the normal retirement age for Social Security and concerns about Medicare's financial health, particularly as the population ages, have led others to suggest delaying it. This report reviews the available evidence on how changes to the age of Medicare eligibility might affect government costs and rates of health insurance coverage and employment for near elderly adults (ages 55 to 64) and young elderly adults (ages 65 to 66).

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