Medicare fund to fall short in 2026, sooner than last forecast

THE MAIN TRUST FUND behind Medicare, the United States health-care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2026, according to Medicare’s Board of Trustees. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER
THE MAIN TRUST FUND behind Medicare, the United States health-care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2026, according to Medicare’s Board of Trustees. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER
NEW YORK - The main trust fund behind Medicare, the United States health care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2026, three years earlier than was projected a year ago, the government said Tuesday. Medicare’s Board of Trustees blamed the earlier depletion forecast on lower payroll taxes in 2017 as a…

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