Medicare Insolvency Projections

Since Medicare’s creation in 1966, the Part A Hospital Insurance Trust Fund always has faced a projected shortfall. The insolvency date has been postponed a number of times, primarily due to legislative changes that have had the effect of restraining growth in program spending. A new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides historical accounts of various projections and actions that were taken to deal with them. 

The report can be obtained at