Report: Raising Medicaid eligibility age would be costly for states

Raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 would come with a hefty price for states, according to a report from the Urban Institute, produced with funding from The SCAN Foundation. Changing the eligibility age to 67 would shift $369 million per year in costs to state Medicaid programs, while changing it to 70 would mean an extra $1.9 billion per year, the report finds. But the financial effect varies from state to state based on each state's demographics, the share of Medicaid costs the state currently pays and whether or not the state has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Ultimately, the report indicates that "policymakers must include a fuller set of downstream implications when considering making Medicare eligibility cuts," the report concludes. Report

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