The U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program (PEP) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) are collaborating to develop nativity-specific life tables for the 65 and older population. This paper documents a feasibility study of using Medicare enrollment data linked to Social Security Administration data to produce the tables. We illustrate data challenges, present descriptive statistics, and show a series of tables and figures that describe enrollment status, retirement coverage, and other characteristics in the linked Medicare data. This exploratory analysis should lead to a refinement of the population at risk implied by the Medicare enrollment data, with a particular focus on the 90 and older ages. Using the results from this study, PEP and NCHS will develop nativity-specific life tables for the 65 and older population in future work. These tables will improve population estimates and provide a more accurate story of population health within the U.S.
Presented in Session 3. Population, Development, & the Environment; Data & Methods; Applied Demography