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Health advantages of Medicare Advantage: Column
USA Today

The new Medicare Trustees report is a mix of good and bad news.

The good news is the modest improvement in Medicare’s long-term financial outlook — with the hospital insurance trust fund now expected to run out of funds in 2026, rather than 2024, as predicted last year. The program has been operating in the red since 2008. The bad news is: The financial outlook is still bleak.

Concern about the size and cost of Medicare is understandable. With 10,000 or so baby boomers due to reach age 65 every day for the next 18 years, Medicare enrollment is exploding, and based on our projections, by 2023 — 10 years from now — should reach 66 million, up from 50.3.

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