HHS emPOWER Map 2.0

Over 2.5 million Medicare beneficiaries rely upon electricity-dependent medical and assistive equipment, such as ventilators and wheel chairs, and cardiac devices in our communities. Severe weather and disasters that cause power outages can be life threatening for these individuals.

How can we empower community and electricity-dependent Medicare beneficiary health resilience?

Every hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member can use the map to find the monthly total of Medicare beneficiaries with electricity-dependent equipment claims at the U.S. state, territory, county, and zip code level and turn on “real-time” natural hazard and NOAA severe weather tracking services to identify areas and populations that may be impacted and are at risk for prolonged power outages.

Together, we can all develop emergency plans and response activities for the whole community and assist our at-risk community members prior to, during and after an emergency.

State Public Health Authority

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Medicare Data Totals

Geographical Area:
Beneficiaries:
Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries:

Electricity-Dependent Scale

16 - 9,225
9,226 - 27,603
27,604 - 52,818
52,819 - 113,809
113,810 - 174,807

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 934,383 52,896
Alaska 81,147 2,812
American Samoa 2,684 19
Arizona 1,115,871 52,855
Arkansas 572,633 41,462
California 5,342,124 174,807
Colorado 769,300 90,997
Connecticut 589,660 20,268
Delaware 179,118 7,634
District Of Columbia 75,054 1,915
Florida 4,004,706 160,614
Georgia 1,492,534 75,468
Guam 10,891 214
Hawaii 225,890 4,825
Idaho 284,199 19,873
Illinois 1,952,045 85,824
Indiana 1,120,275 62,379
Iowa 557,863 24,604
Kansas 469,277 27,562
Kentucky 829,862 63,354
Louisiana 769,359 35,869
Maine 297,228 13,102
Maryland 858,086 29,081
Massachusetts 1,146,475 35,898
Michigan 1,864,913 86,621
Minnesota 897,555 30,724
Mississippi 545,685 35,915
Missouri 1,092,691 66,213
Montana 199,347 13,558
Nebraska 302,349 17,653
Nevada 438,737 31,818
New Hampshire 251,856 9,168
New Jersey 1,388,182 43,282
New Mexico 358,204 34,952
New York 3,141,255 107,528
North Carolina 1,759,362 93,035
North Dakota 114,110 4,512
Northern Mariana Islands 1,720 49
Ohio 2,079,782 113,824
Oklahoma 646,807 40,215
Oregon 739,635 34,030
Pennsylvania 2,413,918 122,863
Puerto Rico 641,252 30,962
Rhode Island 186,999 4,755
South Carolina 934,883 44,707
South Dakota 152,690 8,167
Tennessee 1,203,962 83,633
Texas 3,548,137 155,250
Utah 331,909 36,637
Vermont 127,595 4,846
Virgin Islands 18,154 58
Virginia 1,288,565 63,918
Washington 1,164,557 43,611
West Virginia 400,126 32,567
Wisconsin 1,040,457 36,984
Wyoming 94,155 11,843

Note (1): The map only shows de-identified claims data for Medicare Fee-for-Service and Medicare Advantage (Parts A, B and C) beneficiaries that include Americans aged 65 and over and disabled Americans under age 65. This may be an under representation as some claims may not be recorded due to a submission lag or if the Medicare DME rental cap has been reached.

Note (2): The electricity-dependent number, by location, represents the total number of beneficiaries with claims in our databases from the prior month for: ventilator, BiPAP, internal feeding, IV infusion pump, suction pump, at-home dialysis, electric wheelchair, and electric bed equipment in the past 13 months; oxygen concentrator equipment in the past 36 months; and an implanted cardiac device (i.e. LVAD, RVAD, BIVAD, TAH) in the past 5 years. As privacy protection is very important, de-identification methodologies have been implemented including: removal of all personal identifiers; aggregating data totals at the geographic level; and replacing any small cell size between 1 and 10 with an 11. Some zip codes may not be represented on the map as they do not have geographical boundaries to map (e.g. post office boxes, a large building, etc.). In these instances, we add their total to the geographical zip code where the post office box or building can be found.

Note (3): The map has been provided to inform and support community partner emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, and resilience activities. Use of this tool and data signifies your agreement to: use it for the specified purposes; make no attempt to identify any individual in this data; and send an email to empower@hhs.gov if a small size between 1 and 10 is identified at any geographic level. Send any additional questions to empower@hhs.gov.

Note (4): Information regarding the Natural Hazards can be found from the different sources' webpages: