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

17 - 8,966
8,967 - 27,541
27,542 - 55,852
55,853 - 113,627
113,628 - 167,435

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 942,191 52,702
Alaska 82,362 2,831
American Samoa 2,647 18
Arizona 1,137,602 55,567
Arkansas 576,472 41,691
California 5,399,648 167,435
Colorado 782,449 92,408
Connecticut 595,001 19,248
Delaware 182,323 7,500
District Of Columbia 75,734 1,857
Florida 4,073,310 160,668
Georgia 1,514,058 75,113
Guam 10,936 191
Hawaii 228,724 4,879
Idaho 289,774 19,931
Illinois 1,965,448 84,808
Indiana 1,130,790 62,297
Iowa 563,481 24,163
Kansas 474,694 27,440
Kentucky 835,223 64,145
Louisiana 778,549 36,751
Maine 300,220 12,749
Maryland 867,018 28,491
Massachusetts 1,158,444 36,850
Michigan 1,879,239 86,762
Minnesota 907,847 29,798
Mississippi 549,663 35,777
Missouri 1,101,415 65,173
Montana 202,214 13,487
Nebraska 306,085 17,370
Nevada 446,767 31,544
New Hampshire 255,223 8,926
New Jersey 1,397,238 42,451
New Mexico 363,532 34,782
New York 3,165,862 106,349
North Carolina 1,782,324 92,985
North Dakota 115,422 4,520
Northern Mariana Islands 1,737 49
Ohio 2,099,635 113,642
Oklahoma 652,228 39,689
Oregon 750,730 33,260
Pennsylvania 2,433,587 120,541
Puerto Rico 624,137 28,938
Rhode Island 188,750 4,857
South Carolina 948,608 44,676
South Dakota 154,847 7,910
Tennessee 1,215,415 83,501
Texas 3,609,116 155,334
Utah 337,478 35,755
Vermont 129,084 4,744
Virgin Islands 17,912 76
Virginia 1,304,765 63,689
Washington 1,181,728 43,184
West Virginia 401,827 32,437
Wisconsin 1,052,816 37,048
Wyoming 95,669 11,480

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: