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Topic: Older Adults

While most seniors over 65 are covered by Medicare, some haven’t completed the work requirements for coverage. And people age 50-64, who are not yet eligible for Medicare, have often had limited access to public or private health insurance, especially if they were low income. And yet this age group has greater healthcare needs on average than younger individuals.

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Coverage Options for Individuals Age 65+

This full-color flow chart from Age Options and the Make Medicare Work coalition uses simple questions to help you determine how to obtain coverage through Medicare or the Health Insurance Marketplace based on your eligibility and which is more affordable.

Care Coordination, Managed Care and Long-Term Services and Supports 

This 2012 document from Health and Medicine Policy Research Group charts the roadmap for federal and state initiatives in these areas, both those already in effect and those to be phased in during 2013.

Comparing Experiences of Adults 55-64 with Those on Medicare

This May 2012 issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation discusses provisions of the Affordable Care Act that will expand access to health coverage for those who are approaching retirement but too young for Medicare. It compares the experiences of both uninsured and privately insured adults age 55-64 with those of Medicare beneficiaries. (more…)

The ACA Will Not Replace Illinois Cares Rx

This chart by the Make Medicare Work Coalition compares the benefits in 2012 of Illinois Cares Rx to the Affordable Care Act benefits for people with disabilities and older adults. It demonstrates that ACA benefits would not fill the gap left by ending the state program.

Uninsured Older Adults in Illinois by Legislative District

This report, by Rob Paral & Assoociates, found that in Illinois there are 287,084 uninsured older adults age 50-64 – 13.3% of this population. In some senate districts, this climbs to over 25%. Often adults in this age group, who are not yet eligible for Medicare, have very limited access to public or private health insurance – especially if they are low income.

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