AARP Medicare Principles

Background

Ensure equity MedicareMedicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). should remain a social insurance program Group insurance that serves a social purpose and is operated by the government. Individuals contribute to the program either directly or indirectly through their employer. Tax revenues may also be used to fund these programs. The program protects participants from large or sudden… that guarantees health care to older people and people with disabilities, regardless of income and health status.

Ensure adequacy and affordability— MedicareMedicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). should guarantee specified benefits, defined in law. They should be both affordable and sufficient to meet beneficiaries’ health care needs.

Achieve sustainability MedicareMedicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). should be strengthened and improved for current and future beneficiaries

Guarantee access MedicareMedicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). should ensure access to high-quality health care and maintain reasonable choice of coverage and health care providers for beneficiaries.

Ensure quality, efficiency, and program integrity MedicareMedicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). should improve the quality and efficiency of care for beneficiaries and maximize value for the program. Program waste, fraud, and abuse should be identified and eliminated. The process for doing so should not unduly burden beneficiaries.