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Social Security Act Amendments - Medicare, 1965
May 5, 2011, 2:06pm
The Social Security Act Amendments was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965, in Independence, MO. It established Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor.
In 1965, the passage of the Social Security Act Amendments, popularly known as Medicare, resulted in a basic program of hospital insurance for persons aged 65 and older, and a supplementary medical insurance program to aid the elderly in paying doctor bills and other health care bills. It was funded by a tax on the earnings of employees, matched by contributions by employers, and was well received. In the first three years of the program, nearly 20 million beneficiaries enrolled in it.
|LBJ signs Medicare Act (Social Security Amendments) with Harry Truman looking on, 07/30/1965; NARA|
Citation: An act to provide a hospital insurance program for the aged under the Social Security Act with a supplementary medical benefits program and an expanded program of medical assistance, to increase benefits under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance System, to improve the Federal-State public assistance programs, and for other purposes, July 30, 1965; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives.
Review the The Social Security Act Amendments:
Medicare - Social Security
Source: LII - Cornell Law School
Student Resources for Studying the Social Security Act
The Legislative History of the Social Security Act
Source: Social Security Online
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