People on Life Support Across the U.S.

About this map

This data comes from an analysis of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data by Dr. Joan Teno at Brown Medical School. It reflects nursing home residents covered by Medicare or Medicaid who are kept alive by either a feeding tube and a tracheostomy tube or by a ventilator. The darker the shade, the higher the proportion of nursing home residents living on this type of support.


0 - 0.9%
1 - 1.9%
2 - 2.9%
3% and up