Why We Need To Keep Ensuring Happy Birthdays For Medicare And Medicaid

Why We Need to Keep Ensuring Happy Birthdays for Medicare and Medicaid

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

By Congresswoman Joyce BeattyOn July 30th, our country marked Medicare and Medicaid’s 52nd birthday—enacted as Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and signed into law as part of Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 War on Poverty. For the very first time in our country, all Americans aged 65 or older were assured hospital, post-hospital extended care, and home health coverage, while states gained the option of receiving federal funding to provide health care services to low income children, their caretaker relatives, the blind, and individuals with disabilities.Over the decades, Republicans joined with Democrats …

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