Raising Medicare age would save $148B, CBO says

National Journal, January 12, 2012

The federal government could save $148 billion over 10 years by increasing Medicare eligibility two years to age 67, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Tuesday. The projected savings are lower than CBO's March estimate of $162 billion, but the earlier calculation did not include the premiums that seniors must pay into the program. A CBO official said that a senator requested the additional analysis of increasing the Medicare and Social Security eligibility ages.


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