AARP Medicare Principles


Ensure equityMedicare should remain a social insurance program that guarantees health care to older people and people with disabilities, regardless of income and health status.

Ensure adequacy and affordability—Medicare should guarantee specified benefits, defined in law. They should be both affordable and sufficient to meet beneficiaries’ health care needs.

Achieve sustainabilityMedicare should be strengthened and improved for current and future beneficiaries

Guarantee accessMedicare 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 integrityMedicare 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.