Will Medicare Be There When You Need It?

April 27, 2012
A patient holds her baby
July 27, 2022
Supporting pregnant and parenting people who use drugs: A new toolkit and webinar
Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare and social support without the fear of criminalization.
Emily Wasuna, Program Manager for Field Building and Resources; Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro, Content Manager, Overdose Prevention Program at Vital Strategies
July 12, 2022
Words matter for inclusive care
How we talk about individuals in verbal and written form can make or break a medical experience before patients even enter the exam room.
Erica LaRocca, Program Assistant for Clinical Redesign Initiatives
Providers from a Camden prenatal clinic smile with boxes of supplies for their patients
July 7, 2022
“A doctor’s office that cares:” Improving outcomes and morale through flexible funding
A pilot program offering flexible funds to prenatal programs improved both provider satisfaction and health outcomes for patients
Erica LaRocca, Program Assistant, Care Management and Redesign Initiatives
June 16, 2022
Shifting the power dynamics in healthcare through COACH
Renee Murray explains the importance of shifting the traditional patient/provider dynamic to allow for more collaborative care planning.
Hannah Mogul-Adlin, Sr. Communications Manager
May 11, 2022
Breaking down barriers to colonoscopy access
Providing health education, care coordination, and social support helps alleviate fear and stigma surrounding colorectal cancer screenings.
Hannah Mogul-Adlin, Senior Communications Manager, and Mouy Eng K. Van Galen, Program Manager for Clinical Redesign Initiatives
March 30, 2022
Community collaboration beyond COVID
The COVID Community Ambassadors program is a seed for the future of the public health workforce in Camden.
By Hannah Mogul-Adlin, Senior Communications Manager

According to analysis from the Camden Health Database, 8% of patients seen each year in Camden are on Medicare. This week, these patients and others around the country who depend on Medicare to cover hospital stays received some unwelcome news.

Consistent with last year’s findings, the trustees of the Medicare program forecast that Medicare’s hospital fund (Part A) would begin to run out of money beginning in 2024.

Parts B and D, which cover outpatient care and prescription drugs respectively, don’t face insolvency because they automatically draw money from the U.S. Treasury.

According to the trustees, payments for hospitals and other inpatient care would be cut automatically if the Part A trust fund reaches insolvency.

An aging population and the rise of healthcare costs are driving Medicare’s bleak forecasts. This year, trustees said, the hospital fund will pay out $38 billion more in benefits than it collects in taxes and premiums from seniors and the disabled. The trustees stressed the need to look beyond the exhaustion date for Medicare to the toll health care costs are already taking. “A more immediate issue is the growing burden that the program places on the federal budget well before exhaustion of the trust funds,” the report said.

While the upcoming elections in November will drive a lot of talk and speculation over how to rein in the costs of Medicare spending, at the Coalition, we’re already solving this problem – one day at a time – one patient at a time.

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