Senator Stabenow Announces Medicare at 55 Act

Thursday, August 03, 2017

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced the Medicare at 55 Act, which provides an option for people between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into Medicare.  There are 1.4 million people in Michigan between the ages of 55 and 64, and many of them are burdened by high insurance premiums, unaffordable deductibles and limited options. 


“People between the ages of 55 and 64 often have more health problems and face higher health care costs but aren’t yet eligible for Medicare," said Senator Stabenow. "If you live in Michigan, are 58 years old, and are having a hard time finding coverage that works for you, this bill will let you buy into Medicare before you turn 65.  Our legislation is one way we can work together on a bipartisan basis to lower health care and prescription drug costs." 


People in the 55-64 age group face unique health challenges and especially high health care costs.  The average person in this age group pays more than $1,200 in annual out-of-pocket costs and is at a greater risk of suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or arthritis and medical emergencies such as heart attack and stroke.


Under the Medicare at 55 Act, an individual between the ages of 55 and 64 who buys into Medicare would receive the same benefits and protections as an individual enrolled under Medicare parts A, B, and D. 


U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Al Franken (D-MN) co-sponsored the legislation.