Every year the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees issue reports on the fiscal health of these vital programs.
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Medicare faces significant financial challenges in future years because of rising healthcare spending and an aging population.
CBO estimates that in 2017 the number of uninsured people under age 65 rose by 1 million people and they anticipate the total to rise by another million people this year.
Atul Gawande joined Michael Peterson on stage for an impromptu one-on-one conver- sation about how healthcare delivery reform can help reduce costs and improve quality of care.
An aging population and rising per-enrollee healthcare costs will drive sharp increases in Medicare spending, which will not keep pace with the program’s funding sources.
The Trustees urge lawmakers to enact legislation soon to put Medicare on a sustainable path.
Medicare is a large share of the budget, and it is projected to grow.
The Trustees warn that Congress and the Administration should work "with a sense of urgency" to put the program on a sustainable path.