In the context of ongoing discussions about the federal budget and national debt, policymakers, experts, and the media have called attention to the nation’s growing aging population and the implications for Medicare and the federal budget.

This report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, based on data from a sample of Medicare beneficiaries from 2000-2011, examines the correlation between higher Medicare spending and the increasing lifespans of beneficiaries.

Henry J. Kaiser Foundation: The Rising Cost of Living Longer: Analysis of Medicare Spending by Age for Beneficiaries in Traditional Medicare