A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation examining current and projected trends for out of pocket expenses related to care provided by Medicare found the country’s elders and those living with disabilities can expect those payments to increase. Those out of pocket expenses include health care services such as insurance premiums, deductibles, cost sharing for Medicare-covered services, as well as spending on services not covered by Medicare, such as long-term services and supports and dental care.
The study assessed the current and projected out of pocket expenses for those receiving Medicare benefits by averaging out of pocket spending relative to Social Security income and then estimating increases over the next several years. What the study found was that older Americans can expect to pay much more in out of pocket expenses as a share of their social security income over the next 12-years.
In 2013, Americans receiving Medicare benefits paid on average 41 percent of their Social Security income to out of pocket expenses not covered by the program, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation report. Those costs are expected to climb as high as 50-percent by 2030 and may affect women 85-years and older especially hard.