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Medicare Trustees Deliver Grim Outlook
Health Leaders Media

A weak economy, lower incomes, and higher healthcare costs mean trouble for Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which is now projected to remain solvent until only 2024, the 2011 Medicare Trustees report shows. That’s five years earlier than the 2010 report estimated.

But the latest report says things could be worse. Without the reforms in the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare HI Trust Fund would expire in just five years—in 2016.