Improvement in Medicare’s Economic Status, Trustees Stated


The Medicare's hospital insurance trust fund was improved financially in the last year since the slower health costs growth than anticipated and estimated that individuals would use hospital services less often, said the Trump administration. According to a report, 2030 was the projected depletion date, which was planned before a couple of year, while the trust fund would last over 2029.


The trustees said that Medicare Part B premiums which include visits to physicians and other outpatient costs should remain unchanged following year. Beneficiary premiums funded from 25% costs of Part B and the federal budget. Whereas, payroll taxes supported the Part A hospital trust fund.

The Medicare program trustees stated that projected costs of the program saw to it that it didn’t affect Affordable Care Act. President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress revised the law that was passed in 2010 and enhanced the finance of the trust fund for several years.

Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services said, the hospital trust fund estimate was sufficient that it would not trigger an ACA provision to create automatic cuts to the program. The cuts would be necessary for ACA, when the costs exceed certain benchmarks.

The trustees notified that the aging of the baby boom population and rising healthcare costs would increase Medicare expenditures (from 3.6% of gross domestic product, in 2016 – 5.6% of GDP in 2041 and 5.9% in 2091).

The new study notified that Washington must address the Medicare’s financial challenges immediately to avoid having to cut benefits to millions of retirees and seniors. National health costs significantly reduced in recent years. Whether this was a result of the Great Recession or efforts taken by the federal government and private sector to change doctor and hospital reimbursement programs was undefined.

According to senior administration officials, Medicare’s development was decreased because Obamacare was saving money via its accountable care organizations that pay doctors and hospitals every month to take care of senior citizens. Approximately 57 million people (seniors and disabled people) were receiving health coverage from Medicare. In 2013, five million people were added to it.

Last year, Medicare spent around $679 billion and the hospital insurance trust fund supported to pay hospital, home health services, nursing home costs and hospice costs.

Price concluded, "For 51 years, Medicare has played a crucial role in providing healthcare for America's senior citizens. Unfortunately, on its current trajectory, Medicare's hospital insurance trust fund will be depleted in just over a decade. … As the Trustees Report says, this means that reform to the program is needed".