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

18 - 9,296
9,297 - 27,621
27,622 - 52,687
52,688 - 113,633
113,634 - 176,224

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 929,185 52,682
Alaska 79,941 2,808
American Samoa 2,640 18
Arizona 1,106,664 52,687
Arkansas 569,752 41,707
California 5,296,712 176,224
Colorado 761,370 89,058
Connecticut 585,329 20,427
Delaware 177,401 7,595
District Of Columbia 74,387 1,933
Florida 3,980,898 160,742
Georgia 1,480,173 75,500
Guam 10,673 232
Hawaii 224,374 4,810
Idaho 281,387 19,825
Illinois 1,939,006 86,065
Indiana 1,113,566 62,310
Iowa 554,377 24,751
Kansas 466,254 27,621
Kentucky 825,165 63,240
Louisiana 764,265 35,796
Maine 295,093 13,065
Maryland 850,588 29,303
Massachusetts 1,138,459 36,093
Michigan 1,853,711 87,020
Minnesota 890,558 30,993
Mississippi 542,551 35,951
Missouri 1,086,311 66,389
Montana 197,487 13,526
Nebraska 300,442 17,702
Nevada 434,630 32,051
New Hampshire 249,681 9,296
New Jersey 1,377,473 43,201
New Mexico 354,916 34,978
New York 3,119,276 107,151
North Carolina 1,746,324 93,087
North Dakota 113,276 4,510
Northern Mariana Islands 1,687 43
Ohio 2,066,423 113,633
Oklahoma 642,771 40,167
Oregon 733,367 34,140
Pennsylvania 2,399,780 123,075
Puerto Rico 638,044 30,309
Rhode Island 185,822 4,794
South Carolina 927,107 44,903
South Dakota 151,459 8,207
Tennessee 1,196,495 83,615
Texas 3,514,375 155,468
Utah 328,892 36,798
Vermont 126,412 4,822
Virgin Islands 18,016 67
Virginia 1,278,091 64,145
Washington 1,154,352 43,877
West Virginia 398,368 32,667
Wisconsin 1,032,815 36,645
Wyoming 93,185 11,923

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: