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Disability, Health, and Multiple Chronic Conditions Among People Eligible for Both Medicare and Medicaid, 2005–2010

Category/AgeNo. of AdultsNo. of Chronic Conditions
01234≥5
No PD or CL
18–64228,488412818742
≥65614,2182028261763
PD only
18–64590,967112123191412
≥651,359,37931126291912
PD and CL
18–64243,236141923171710
≥65362,65131120312411
Total3,398,94015192421138

 
Figure.
Multiple chronic conditions among Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible noninstitutionalized adults, by disability category and age, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), 2005–2010 (N = 3,398,940 [weighted]). Abbreviations: PD, physical disability; CL, cognitive limitation. The PD category includes those with functional limitations or those who use assistive devices. It includes anyone who reported having long-term walking limitations, long-term need for assistive device, or long-term need for assistance with activities of daily living but did not report cognitive limitation. CL includes those who reported confusion or memory loss, having problems making decisions, or requiring supervision for their own safety. The category “no PD or CL” includes those who did not identify as having either a PD or CL. For chronic conditions, the full-year consolidated files for MEPS include only questions related to heart attack, coronary heart disease, angina, angina pectoris, other heart disease (these 5 grouped as cardiovascular disease), stroke, emphysema, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and asthma.

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