Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Medicare Enrollment Rises

As the American population ages, the number of people aged 65 or older enrolled in Medicare (the federal government's health insurance program for the elderly) has been rising. But the biggest increases are yet to come: the oldest baby boomers, born in 1946, became eligible for Medicare in 2011.

Number of persons aged 65+ enrolled in Medicare
2010: 39,631,000
2000: 34,261,000
1990: 30,948,000

Source: Social Security Administration, Annual Statistical Supplement, 2012

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