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The Case for Lowering Medicare Eligibility to Age 50
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July 23, 2015
"[T]he argument that the federal government could save money in the long-term by raising Medicare's age of eligibility only two years, and not until 2017, is highly dubious.... [S]ome evidence suggests that lowering the eligibility age and bringing seniors on to Medicare sooner would be good medicine for many people, including taxpayers.... Bringing robust preventive coverage to those over 50 could help prevent expensive diseases and health interventions later on in people's lives, potentially saving Medicare in the long-term.... Medicare coverage at 50 would be a major incentive to move the rest of the U.S. healthcare system into the prevention paradigm[.]"

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