Impact of Raising Eligibility Age for Medicare

In a new study, PERI's Peter Arno documents the dramatic negative impacts that would result through raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67. The author looks at the impact for people aged 65-66 by gender and race/ethnicity, with all demographic groups showing major percentage increases in the uninsured. The percentage of unemployed would rise from the current rate of approximately 1 percent to 18 percent if the Affordable Care Act remains intact, but rises from 30 - 42 percent if the ACA is repealed, as promised by President Trump.

The study shows the dramatic negative impact of raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67—assessing the impact on uninsured rates if the ACA remains in place and if it is repealed. The author looks at the impact for ages 65-66 by gender and race/ethnicity, with all demographic groups showing major percentage increases in the uninsured—escalating from the current rate of approximately 1% to 18% with the Affordable Care Act in place, and 30-42% if it is repealed.

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