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

16 - 9,225
9,226 - 27,603
27,604 - 52,818
52,819 - 113,809
113,810 - 171,766

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 938,816 53,124
Alaska 81,873 2,768
American Samoa 2,634 17
Arizona 1,126,976 56,185
Arkansas 575,049 41,926
California 5,373,981 171,766
Colorado 776,225 91,926
Connecticut 592,900 19,804
Delaware 180,876 7,562
District Of Columbia 75,470 1,925
Florida 4,039,205 162,084
Georgia 1,504,309 75,691
Guam 10,939 208
Hawaii 227,311 4,951
Idaho 287,217 19,942
Illinois 1,958,806 85,614
Indiana 1,126,283 62,964
Iowa 560,923 24,487
Kansas 472,216 27,741
Kentucky 833,098 64,175
Louisiana 774,755 36,577
Maine 299,087 12,953
Maryland 862,582 29,033
Massachusetts 1,153,743 36,720
Michigan 1,873,831 88,009
Minnesota 903,135 30,438
Mississippi 548,252 36,050
Missouri 1,097,631 66,073
Montana 200,978 13,511
Nebraska 304,251 17,565
Nevada 443,127 31,897
New Hampshire 253,617 9,050
New Jersey 1,393,304 43,051
New Mexico 361,277 34,973
New York 3,153,019 107,581
North Carolina 1,772,202 93,788
North Dakota 114,929 4,539
Northern Mariana Islands 1,734 49
Ohio 2,092,891 114,379
Oklahoma 649,989 40,152
Oregon 745,613 33,677
Pennsylvania 2,425,823 122,326
Puerto Rico 627,564 30,500
Rhode Island 187,949 4,951
South Carolina 942,092 45,070
South Dakota 153,902 8,046
Tennessee 1,210,474 84,266
Texas 3,578,132 156,760
Utah 334,700 36,305
Vermont 128,478 4,841
Virgin Islands 18,000 66
Virginia 1,297,269 64,359
Washington 1,173,928 43,451
West Virginia 401,416 32,756
Wisconsin 1,046,986 37,404
Wyoming 95,072 11,649

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: