Why does Medicare matter?
Medicare provides health insurance to 40 million older Americans and 8 million people with disabilities. Without this important insurance program, our country’s oldest and most vulnerable citizens would be left without health insurance at a time when they need it most.
We all have a stake in Medicare.
Medicare is a critical insurance program for all Americans. Most of us, regardless of our current income, will enroll in Medicare when we are older or if we become disabled. And by insuring the health care needs of the elderly, Medicare also relieves younger generations of the financial burden of shouldering their parents’ growing health care costs.
Medicare’s future is up to us.
Like all health insurers, Medicare grapples with rising health care costs. As our population ages, Medicare will have to cover a larger number of people. How our nation addresses these challenges will determine what Medicare looks like in the future and what kind of protections it provides for the people who rely on it.
Families USA works to preserve and improve the protections that Medicare provides us.
Health care costs should not be shifted to those who can least afford them. That’s why we work to protect low income people with Medicare—we promote changes in federal policy to expand enrollment in programs that serve Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes.
For years, we have joined national and state advocacy organizations to beat back proposals that increase costs for beneficiaries by shrinking Medicare. In partnership with those groups, we work with federal officials to ensure that changes to Medicare meet the needs of the people it serves.
Research & Publications
- InfographicAugust 2014
This graphic compares how financial assistance for out-of-pocket health care costs changes when individuals move into Medicare from health insurance marketplace coverage or their state’s expanded Medicaid program.
- Issue BriefJune 2014
Four Strategies for Improving Programs that Help Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries with Health Care Costs
Low-income people with Medicare often struggle with high out-of-pocket health care costs. This brief identifies four strategies that advocates and policymakers can use to improve the programs that help these beneficiaries.
- InfographicMarch 2014
Explains the Qualified Individual (QI) program and provides a 50-state look at how people benefit, including how many people get help and how much money QI puts in their pockets.
- Fact SheetFebruary 2014
Explains how the Affordable Care Act improves health coverage and care for Latinos, including more consumer protections and new, affordable coverage options. Brochure is available in English and Spanish.
- Fact SheetFebruary 2014
Explains how the Affordable Care Act improves health coverage and care for African Americans, including more consumer protections and new, affordable coverage options.
- Fact SheetNovember 2013
Explores why low-income people with Medicare struggle to pay for their health care and offers three ways to enable more Medicare beneficiaries to afford the care they need.
- VideoJanuary 2013
Explains that cutting health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid will not only hurt seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families, but it would also negatively affect the economy.
- Issue BriefJanuary 2013
Find out which key issues you'll want to tackle in your state this year and get tips on how to stay involved.
- Fact SheetDecember 2012
This series of fact sheets explains why cutting health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare in an effort to reduce spending will hurt American families and the economy.
- Fact SheetFebruary 2012
This series explains the new preventive care and wellness benefits in Medicare and explores how advocates can help Medicare beneficiaries take advantage of the new benefits.