Research Roundup: Hospital Readmissions; Children’s Health; Medicare Overview

The Kaiser Family Foundation:
An Overview of Medicare

Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to 55 million older people and younger people with disabilities. … Many people on Medicare live with health problems including multiple chronic conditions, cognitive impairments, and limitations in their activities of daily living, and many beneficiaries live on modest incomes. In 2011, two-thirds of beneficiaries (66%) had three or more chronic conditions, more than one quarter of all beneficiaries (27%) reported being in fair or poor health, and just over 3 in 10 (31%) had a cognitive or mental impairment. … Two million beneficiaries (5%) lived in a long-term care facility. In 2014, half of all people on Medicare had incomes below $24,150 per person and savings below $63,350. (4/1)