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Medicare and Medicaid 50th Birthday Celebration Underway

Daily posts by CMS until party starts closer to July 30 date when bill signed by President Johnson

President Johnson signs Medicare-Medicaid bill on July 30, 1965June 16, 2015 – This summer will be the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has already started the recognition of the impact these two programs have had in transforming our nation’s health care system.


By sharing daily facts and posts on Twitter and, CMS will highlight people, places, and progress that represent the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In late July, regional CMS offices will host public events in addition to a national event in Washington, D.C.

 “The 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid provides an important opportunity for us to reflect on the critical role these programs have played in protecting the health and well-being of millions of families,” said Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“Today, Medicare and Medicaid are creating a health care system that is better, smarter, and healthier – setting standards for how care is delivered. As we take a moment to reflect on the past five decades, we must also look to the future and explore ways to strengthen and improve health care for future generations.”

Though Medicare and Medicaid started as basic health coverage programs for Americans, the programs have evolved over the years to provide more Americans with improved access to quality and affordable health care coverage. These programs have transformed the delivery of health care in the United States.

To commemorate this anniversary, CMS will engage in conversations with beneficiaries, providers, and health experts. We invite the public to participate in this celebration by sharing stories of how Medicare and Medicaid have made a difference. Stories can be shared at

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