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

21 - 9,177
9,178 - 24,229
24,230 - 51,965
51,966 - 110,861
110,862 - 167,668

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 926,327 51,227
Alaska 79,015 2,731
American Samoa 2,633 21
Arizona 1,099,900 51,965
Arkansas 568,682 40,822
California 5,270,732 167,668
Colorado 755,087 88,748
Connecticut 583,254 20,709
Delaware 175,950 7,600
District Of Columbia 74,045 2,061
Florida 3,962,791 154,977
Georgia 1,471,609 73,399
Guam 10,628 247
Hawaii 223,427 4,682
Idaho 278,794 19,473
Illinois 1,931,882 83,939
Indiana 1,107,564 60,472
Iowa 552,110 24,229
Kansas 464,340 27,477
Kentucky 822,787 60,858
Louisiana 762,661 33,971
Maine 293,883 12,939
Maryland 847,384 29,101
Massachusetts 1,133,122 35,735
Michigan 1,844,676 86,111
Minnesota 885,278 30,029
Mississippi 541,070 35,094
Missouri 1,083,278 65,168
Montana 195,853 13,271
Nebraska 299,096 17,435
Nevada 430,965 31,129
New Hampshire 247,981 9,177
New Jersey 1,373,407 42,842
New Mexico 352,829 34,297
New York 3,100,501 105,340
North Carolina 1,737,353 90,144
North Dakota 112,597 4,418
Northern Mariana Islands 1,679 48
Ohio 2,058,699 110,861
Oklahoma 641,256 39,452
Oregon 727,981 33,897
Pennsylvania 2,392,524 121,688
Puerto Rico 636,788 29,401
Rhode Island 185,250 4,463
South Carolina 921,462 43,409
South Dakota 150,427 8,115
Tennessee 1,192,724 81,451
Texas 3,496,879 151,787
Utah 326,616 36,885
Vermont 125,652 4,684
Virgin Islands 17,990 73
Virginia 1,271,512 62,329
Washington 1,145,996 42,727
West Virginia 397,115 31,719
Wisconsin 1,025,997 35,228
Wyoming 92,461 11,848

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: