Will Medicare Be There When You Need It?

Date
April 27, 2012
Medical provider holds a cellphone in hands
October 2, 2020
Two new data sources for the Camden Coalition HIE broaden its impact and scope
New long-term care and hospital admission, discharge, and transfer data make the Camden Coalition HIE even more useful for providers in South Jersey.
Christine McBride and Natasha Dravid
Stock photo of brown paper grocery bags filled with fresh produce and bagels
September 8, 2020
Tackling the “last mile” of safety-net food access during the COVID-19 pandemic
Collaborations in Camden leverage an NEMT provider's infrastructure to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evelyne Kane, Jamie Moses, Joe Hejlek, and Benjamin Ovadia
August 13, 2020
Responding to COVID-19 by expanding the Camden Coalition’s HIE functionalities
New additions to the Camden Coalition HIE give South Jersey more insight into COVID-19 in the region.
Christine McBride, Audrey Hendricks, and Natasha Dravid
June 2, 2020
Note from our CEO on what is happening in our communities
Join us in not only denouncing racism and institutional violence, but in taking action to ensure equity as well.
Kathleen Noonan
New Jersey's The Road Back plan
May 13, 2020
New Jersey’s COVID-19 recovery plan is an opportunity to go forward on equity
New op-ed outlines six ways that New Jersey can move toward a more equitable New Jersey as we recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Kathleen Noonan and Allison Hamblin
April 23, 2020
Moving from parallel play to cooperative play in a time of COVID-19
Making deliberate decisions to work more cooperatively with local partners has proven critical to our COVID response.
Kathleen Noonan

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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