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.

Resource List

State Public Health Authority

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Medicare Data Totals

Geographical Area:
Beneficiaries:
Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries:

Electricity-Dependent Scale

22 - 13,101
13,102 - 32,479
32,480 - 53,308
53,309 - 111,472
111,473 - 168,966

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 925,403 51,227
Alaska 78,725 2,696
American Samoa 2,628 23
Arizona 1,097,506 52,142
Arkansas 568,082 40,801
California 5,262,821 168,966
Colorado 753,369 88,781
Connecticut 582,658 20,781
Delaware 175,562 7,555
District Of Columbia 73,920 2,045
Florida 3,955,495 154,930
Georgia 1,468,758 73,499
Guam 10,572 249
Hawaii 223,143 4,604
Idaho 278,110 19,340
Illinois 1,931,419 84,192
Indiana 1,106,322 60,200
Iowa 551,468 24,236
Kansas 463,789 27,512
Kentucky 821,966 60,785
Louisiana 761,747 34,121
Maine 293,239 12,871
Maryland 846,160 28,986
Massachusetts 1,131,803 35,742
Michigan 1,842,165 86,552
Minnesota 883,866 29,837
Mississippi 540,508 35,185
Missouri 1,082,373 65,060
Montana 195,456 13,140
Nebraska 298,715 17,363
Nevada 429,931 31,139
New Hampshire 247,460 9,159
New Jersey 1,372,220 42,776
New Mexico 352,246 34,165
New York 3,096,141 104,971
North Carolina 1,734,681 90,299
North Dakota 112,432 4,385
Northern Mariana Islands 1,664 49
Ohio 2,056,780 110,335
Oklahoma 641,078 39,474
Oregon 726,373 33,840
Pennsylvania 2,390,517 121,640
Puerto Rico 636,312 29,612
Rhode Island 185,169 4,459
South Carolina 919,351 43,413
South Dakota 150,229 8,088
Tennessee 1,191,260 81,380
Texas 3,490,461 151,624
Utah 325,924 36,923
Vermont 125,478 4,632
Virgin Islands 17,979 74
Virginia 1,269,846 62,281
Washington 1,143,636 42,710
West Virginia 396,778 31,751
Wisconsin 1,024,021 35,264
Wyoming 92,308 11,830

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: