Forthcoming Medicare Trustees' Report May Contain Dubious "Medicare Funding Warning"

Publication Date: April 2007

Publisher: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Robert Greenstein; James Horney

Research Area: Health

Keywords: Fiscal future; Economic projections; Federal budget

Type: Report


While Medicare faces a serious long-term financing problem that must be addressed, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees to be released on April 23 may contain a dubious “Medicare Funding Warning” that is based on a deeply misleading measure of the program’s health.