Medicare Solvency Projections and Potential Policy Solutions

Key Resources

(listed chronologically, beginning with the most recent)

“Options for Extending Medicare’s Trust Fund: The Commonwealth Fund Solvency Series.” The Commonwealth Fund. January 28, 2021. Available at

“The Coming Crisis for the Medicare Trust Fund.” Muhlestein, D. Health Affairs Blog. December 15, 2020. Available at

“The Uncertain Future of the Medicare Trust Fund.” Frank, R. The Commonwealth Fund. October 13, 2020. Available at

“Covid-19 is Accelerating the Medicare Trust Fund’s Dive Toward Insolvency.” Jacobson, G. STAT. September 3, 2020. Available at

“Medicare: Insolvency Projections.” Davis, P. Congressional Research Service. May 29, 2020. Available at

“Medicare Is Not “Bankrupt”.” Van De Water, P. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. May 1, 2019. Available at

Additional Resources

“Three Ways to Lower Health Care Costs.” Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. February 23, 2021. Available at

“Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities and Medicare.” Ochieng, N., Cubanski, J., Neuman, T., et al. Kaiser Family Foundation. February 16, 2021. Available at

“The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2021 to 2031.” Congressional Budget Office. February 2021. Available at

“Medicare Financial Outlook: What Do Trust Fund Solvency Projections Mean?” Komisar, H. AARP. May 7, 2020. Available at

“COVID-19 Pandemic Adds to the Urgency of Medicare Reform.” Moffit, R. The Heritage Foundation. May 1, 2020. Available at

“Will COVID-19 Bankrupt Medicare?” Antos, J., Capretta, J. American Enterprise Institute. April 22, 2020. Available at

“Medicare’s Financial Condition: Beyond Actuarial Balance.” American Academy of Actuaries. April 2020. Available at