Policy Options to Promote Medicare Sustainability

This event was Part III of the Alliance’s The Future of Medicare series. View all events in this series here.

The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is projected to become insolvent within the next five years, meaning there will not be sufficient funds to cover the cost of promised benefits. The Hospital Insurance Trust Fund finances hospital expenses and other services for Medicare beneficiaries. This session helped attendees consider the implications of policy options to promote Medicare sustainability. Panelists explored trends in Medicare spending; introduced key concepts related to Medicare financing and solvency; and explored the implications of policy options to promote Medicare sustainability.

Speakers:

  • Adaeze Enekwechi, Ph.D., MPP, Operating Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS)
  • Bowen Garrett, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Urban Institute 
  • Joshua Gordon, Ph.D., Director of Health Policy, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget 
  • Harriet Komisar, Ph.D., Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute 
  • G. William Hoagland, M.S., Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center (moderator)

This series was made possible with support from Arnold Ventures and the Commonwealth Fund.