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 - 170,371

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 939,664 52,774
Alaska 82,012 2,802
American Samoa 2,627 17
Arizona 1,130,201 55,852
Arkansas 575,236 41,685
California 5,384,961 170,371
Colorado 777,969 92,059
Connecticut 593,206 19,567
Delaware 181,189 7,444
District Of Columbia 75,490 1,904
Florida 4,050,429 160,767
Georgia 1,507,081 75,384
Guam 10,952 203
Hawaii 227,655 4,943
Idaho 287,886 19,898
Illinois 1,958,776 85,078
Indiana 1,127,024 62,408
Iowa 561,276 24,292
Kansas 472,808 27,541
Kentucky 833,407 64,074
Louisiana 775,773 36,436
Maine 299,282 12,787
Maryland 863,604 28,793
Massachusetts 1,154,703 36,793
Michigan 1,874,994 87,468
Minnesota 903,765 30,039
Mississippi 548,482 35,815
Missouri 1,098,379 65,600
Montana 201,271 13,426
Nebraska 304,504 17,518
Nevada 444,155 31,631
New Hampshire 253,995 8,966
New Jersey 1,393,162 42,583
New Mexico 361,932 34,695
New York 3,153,747 106,984
North Carolina 1,774,815 92,981
North Dakota 114,968 4,509
Northern Mariana Islands 1,738 48
Ohio 2,093,686 113,627
Oklahoma 650,578 39,897
Oregon 747,293 33,553
Pennsylvania 2,426,792 121,532
Puerto Rico 623,395 29,501
Rhode Island 188,043 4,873
South Carolina 943,893 44,818
South Dakota 154,045 7,986
Tennessee 1,211,607 83,688
Texas 3,585,759 155,627
Utah 335,491 36,060
Vermont 128,583 4,789
Virgin Islands 17,914 62
Virginia 1,299,077 63,899
Washington 1,176,438 43,283
West Virginia 401,479 32,515
Wisconsin 1,048,529 37,273
Wyoming 95,193 11,532

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: