Home Reports & Resources Fact Sheets Shifting More Medicare Costs to Seniors is an Indirect Social Security Cut

Currently, some in Washington are considering several proposals that would increase out-of-pocket health-care costs for Medicare beneficiaries. The vast majority of these beneficiaries – 42.1 million seniors, and 8.5 million people with disabilities – receive Social Security benefits and live on modest, fixed incomes. Any increase in their out-of-pocket health-care costs is an indirect cut to the already modest Social Security benefits of seniors and people with disabilities, and risks their health by discouraging them from seeking timely and critical care. This fact sheet explains why these proposals are poor policy, and points to alternatives that can lower Medicare’s costs, without shifting them onto seniors and people with disabilities.

Shifting More Medicare Costs to Seniors Is an Indirect Social Security Cut