Social Security won't be able to pay full benefits by 2035 if Congress doesn't act

Americans will stop receiving their full Social Security benefits in about 13 years if lawmakers don’t act to address the pending shortfall, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Social Security and Medicare trustees.

That’s when the combined Social Security trust fundswhich help support payouts for the elderly, survivors and disabledare projected to run dry. It’s one year later than the trustees projected in 2021, thanks to the nation’s economy, employment and earnings recovering from the Covid-19-fueled downturn stronger and faster than anticipated last year.
Looking solely at the trust fund that covers retirement and survivors benefits, Social Security will only be able to afford scheduled payments until 2034. A quel tempo, the fund’s reserves will be depleted, and payroll taxes will only cover 77% of benefits owed. Alcuni 56 million people received these benefits in 2021.
    The trust fund for disability insurance, al contrario, should have sufficient funds through the 75-year projection period. L'anno scorso, it was forecast to be depleted by 2057, but the trustees have since lowered anticipated long-range disability incidence rates. Alcuni 9.2 million people received disability payments in 2021.
      Medicare, which covered nearly 64 million senior citizens and Americans with disabilities last year, is in more dire shape.
        Its hospital insurance trust fund, known as Medicare Part A, will only be able to pay scheduled benefits until 2028, two years later than reported last year because both the number of workers subject to payroll taxes and average wages are now projected to be higher. A quel tempo, Medicare will only be able to cover 90% of total benefits.
        There is currently no consensus among experts on the lasting impact of the pandemic on the entitlement programs’ finanze. The trustees assume that it will have no net effect on long-range projections.
          Ancora, the cost of both Social Security and Medicare is projected to grow faster than the nation’s economy through the mid-2030s, driven mainly by the rapid aging of the US population. Medicare costs will grow faster than the gross domestic product through the late 2070s because of the projected increases in health care services provided.
          L'anno scorso, uno stimato 179.3 million workers paid Social Security payroll taxes and 183.1 million paid Medicare payroll taxes. Employers and workers each pay a levy of 7.65% to finance the entitlement programs. Social Security’s payroll tax rate is applied to earnings up to $ 147,000 nel 2022, while there is no cap for Medicare’s tax. Higher-income workers pay an additional 0.9% Medicare tax.
            The trust funds also receive income from the taxation of Social Security benefits.
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