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Health Care Costs During Retirement

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Publication Date: May 2009

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Devon Herrick; Pamela Villarreal

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Topic: Health (Health care financing)
Health (Health services for older people)

Keywords: health care; health insurance; Medicare; retirement

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Many people assume Medicare will cover most of their health care costs when they retire, and that Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, will cover them if they need nursing home care. However, neither program guarantees a low-cost ride through retirement.