AARP Medicare Principles

Background

Ensure equity— Medicare Authorized in 1965 under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Medicare provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 and older and for some disabled people under age 65. This federal program consists of Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Supplemental Medical Insurance), Part… 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— Medicare Authorized in 1965 under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Medicare provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 and older and for some disabled people under age 65. This federal program consists of Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Supplemental Medical Insurance), Part… should guarantee specified benefits, defined in law, that are both affordable and sufficient to meet beneficiaries’ health care needs.

Achieve sustainability— Medicare Authorized in 1965 under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Medicare provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 and older and for some disabled people under age 65. This federal program consists of Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Supplemental Medical Insurance), Part… should be strengthened and improved for current and future beneficiaries.

Guarantee access— Medicare Authorized in 1965 under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Medicare provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 and older and for some disabled people under age 65. This federal program consists of Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Supplemental Medical Insurance), Part… 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— Medicare Authorized in 1965 under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Medicare provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 and older and for some disabled people under age 65. This federal program consists of Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Supplemental Medical Insurance), Part… 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 and the process for doing so should not unduly burden beneficiaries.