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Drop in health care inflation helps Medicare finances
San Francisco Chronicle

Improvements in health care costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation.

Medicare Part B premiums are expected to remain the same through 2015 because of that improvement, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters as the report was released.

Medicare is “considerably stronger than it was just four years ago,” she said.

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