Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee, have released new analysis detailing the impact of the Republican Medicare proposal on each congressional district.
Here are the immediate and long-term impacts of those changes in Montana, which is represented by House Republican Denny Rehberg:
- Increase prescription drug costs for 10,800 Medicare beneficiaries in the state who enter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra $106 million for drugs over the next decade.
- Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 162,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the state.
- Deny 700,000 individuals age 54 and younger in the state access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits.
- Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by over $6,000 per year in 2022 and by almost $12,000 per year in 2032 for the 159,000 individuals in the state who are between the ages of 44 and 54.
- Require the 159,000 individuals in the state between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional $37.1 billion for their retirement – an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per individual – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the state will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.
- Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 83,000 individuals in the state who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 545,000 individuals in the state who are age 43 or younger.