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 - 173,712

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 936,053 53,087
Alaska 81,500 2,844
American Samoa 2,686 19
Arizona 1,119,458 53,636
Arkansas 573,635 41,845
California 5,356,676 173,712
Colorado 771,795 91,039
Connecticut 591,201 20,223
Delaware 179,792 7,657
District Of Columbia 75,343 1,939
Florida 4,013,863 161,197
Georgia 1,496,905 75,617
Guam 10,912 211
Hawaii 226,509 4,913
Idaho 285,237 19,869
Illinois 1,954,727 85,778
Indiana 1,123,176 62,814
Iowa 559,387 24,642
Kansas 470,564 27,684
Kentucky 831,364 63,775
Louisiana 771,593 36,149
Maine 298,194 13,088
Maryland 860,066 29,404
Massachusetts 1,149,453 36,009
Michigan 1,869,138 88,023
Minnesota 899,941 30,572
Mississippi 546,871 36,153
Missouri 1,095,144 66,306
Montana 199,977 13,522
Nebraska 303,421 17,713
Nevada 440,422 31,810
New Hampshire 252,486 9,145
New Jersey 1,389,727 43,253
New Mexico 359,382 34,912
New York 3,146,912 107,687
North Carolina 1,764,217 93,637
North Dakota 114,555 4,504
Northern Mariana Islands 1,727 49
Ohio 2,084,230 114,467
Oklahoma 648,328 40,385
Oregon 742,005 34,053
Pennsylvania 2,419,591 122,794
Puerto Rico 641,760 30,665
Rhode Island 187,443 4,741
South Carolina 937,535 45,003
South Dakota 153,271 8,176
Tennessee 1,206,531 83,929
Texas 3,559,743 156,338
Utah 333,115 36,550
Vermont 128,036 4,864
Virgin Islands 18,190 63
Virginia 1,292,026 64,302
Washington 1,168,235 43,696
West Virginia 400,722 32,686
Wisconsin 1,043,191 37,325
Wyoming 94,550 11,800

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: