A new study says that more taxpayer money is being spent on Medicare per person, per year. Medicare is the US government's health insurance for seniors. It also says that obese people insured under the health plan added an extra $149 per person, per year to increasing Medicare costs. The research was reported by Reuters Health. The study was conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine on nearly 30,000 people with Medicare. They divided the people into three groups -- normal, overweight and obese -- depending on their body mass index, or BMI, a measure of weight in relation to height. Expenses grew in the following ways: for someone with normal weight, his/her health care expenses grew by $122 annually. Overweight people were burdened with a $230 per person increase of cost. Obese beneficiaries were hardest hit with health care expenses climbing by $271. Source: Medindia << Strange Eating Habit for Three Decades Could Prove Very Cos... OPD Visits may Soon be Covered by Health Insurance >> Recommended Reading More Health Insurance Audits Launched in New York State A new level of insurance regulators in New York State has begun to audit increases in health insurance rates. READ MORE U.S Health Insurance Plans Must Cover Contraception The Obama administration said that health insurance plans must cover contraceptives for women free of charge and that employers and insurers must comply this by August 1st 2012. READ MORE US Health Insurance Cos may Become Extinct by 2020, Say Experts Will health insurance companies in the US fade out completely by 2020? Former advisers to the Obama administration, Emanuel and Liebman opine on the matter in The New York Times. READ MORE US Unveils New Rules to Help Citizens Find the Right Health Insurance Plan The new government-approved format that health insurance companies must provide on their services to Americans, was unveiled on Thursday. READ MORE Battle of the Bulge The ‘battle of bulge’ is the toughest of all battles. Once you put on weight it is so difficult to get rid of it. Here are the best tips to fight off that extra flab. READ MORE What is Medicare / Medicaid? Medicaid / Medicare are different governmental programs that provide medical and health-related services to specific groups of people in U.S. and managed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Pressure Calculator Iron Intake Calculator Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: Battle of the BulgeWhat is Medicare / Medicaid?