Medicare trustees predict hospital trust fund to last to 2030
Medicare trustees said the program's trust fund that pays for hospital care is expected to run out of money in 2030, the same time frame as their previous estimate. While Medicare still faces a shortfall, a slowdown in health care spending narrowed the funding gap and put the program in better financial position for the long term, the trustees said. Kaiser Health News
CDC: Infant deaths declining faster than stillbirths
For the first time, there were more stillbirths than infant deaths in the U.S., according to a CDC report that found both were declining, but infant death rates were falling faster. The report also found disparities in fetal death rates. Teens, women over age 35, and women who are black, Hispanic, American Indian or of Alaska Native descent were among groups facing higher likelihood of fetal death. "The fact that blacks and other minorities have the highest rate is concerning, because research shows that these are not genetic differences but differences in access to care," said Dr. Edward McCabe, chief medical officer at the March of Dimes. HealthDay News
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