Analysis: Changing Medicare eligibility age carries risk:

12/18/2012 | CBS MoneyWatch

Increasing the eligibility age for Medicare to 67 could save $5.7 billion in 2014 and as much as $150 billion by 2022, according to projections, but it also could result in unintended consequences, consulting actuary Steve Vernon writes. Out-of-pocket costs for employer-sponsored health insurance plans could increase by $3.7 billion for people ages 65 to 67, while employers' costs could increase by $4.5 billion, Vernon writes, citing the Kaiser Family Foundation. Medicare Part B premiums could rise by 3% if younger, healthier participants are removed, and many people may delay retirement or treatment until eligible for Medicare, Vernon writes.

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