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The issue of means-testing is discussed in Chapter 12 of The New Politics of Old Age Policy. Typically, means-testing programs are intended for the poor. Eligibility is based on a household’s income. However, the authors point out that there can be different meanings to the term means-testing and explain that there is difference between means-testing revenue and means-testing benefits. (Hudson, 2014)

For the purposes of this assignment, you will focus on means-testing benefits. There are those who believe Social Security and Medicare benefits should be targeted at those with the greatest need.

Select 1) Social Security OR 2) Medicare to discuss.

Take a position for or against means-testing benefits for the program you selected. Defend your position.

Support your statements with evidence from the Required Studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style.


Hudson, R. (Ed). (2014). The new politics of old age policy (3rd ed.). Baltimore, John Hopkins.


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