Trustees: Medicare can offer full benefits until 2026

Medicare's main trust fund, which pays hospital bills and related costs, can continue providing full benefits until 2026, two years longer than last year's projections, according to an annual report. The improved finances were attributed to the lower-than-expected increase in spending in 2012, an anticipated reduction in the growth of Medicare Advantage spending due to the Affordable Care Act and lower anticipated costs in various categories.

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