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 - 8,983
8,984 - 26,948
26,949 - 50,911
50,912 - 110,842
110,843 - 171,997

Natural Hazard Legend

Electricity-Dependant

Geographic Area Beneficiaries Electricity-Dependent Beneficiaries
Alabama 924,743 50,862
Alaska 79,355 2,692
American Samoa 2,617 17
Arizona 1,100,873 50,911
Arkansas 567,184 40,766
California 5,272,561 171,997
Colorado 756,755 88,134
Connecticut 582,357 19,933
Delaware 176,334 7,435
District Of Columbia 74,063 1,945
Florida 3,962,250 155,658
Georgia 1,472,003 72,981
Guam 10,634 237
Hawaii 223,318 4,656
Idaho 279,494 19,330
Illinois 1,929,424 83,430
Indiana 1,107,574 60,521
Iowa 551,459 23,973
Kansas 463,863 26,948
Kentucky 821,129 61,436
Louisiana 760,677 34,381
Maine 293,566 12,634
Maryland 846,381 28,381
Massachusetts 1,132,952 35,132
Michigan 1,843,938 84,688
Minnesota 885,446 29,956
Mississippi 539,848 34,838
Missouri 1,081,187 64,821
Montana 196,244 13,191
Nebraska 298,821 17,319
Nevada 432,185 31,431
New Hampshire 248,180 8,983
New Jersey 1,371,029 41,836
New Mexico 353,094 34,377
New York 3,105,335 103,606
North Carolina 1,736,978 90,047
North Dakota 112,644 4,359
Northern Mariana Islands 1,674 44
Ohio 2,055,473 110,842
Oklahoma 639,734 39,217
Oregon 729,206 33,288
Pennsylvania 2,388,011 119,848
Puerto Rico 636,222 28,932
Rhode Island 184,905 4,518
South Carolina 922,053 43,328
South Dakota 150,565 7,999
Tennessee 1,190,595 81,093
Texas 3,496,099 151,508
Utah 327,021 36,404
Vermont 125,658 4,657
Virgin Islands 17,971 74
Virginia 1,271,317 62,341
Washington 1,147,918 42,451
West Virginia 396,455 31,961
Wisconsin 1,026,952 35,221
Wyoming 92,648 11,726

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: