Today is the 47th Anniversary of Medicare. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Missouri, for a formal ceremony where he signed both Medicare and Medicaid into law. President Truman became Medicare's first beneficiary.
Monday marks the 47th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law – two of the most vital and successful programs in our nation’s history! For nearly five decades, millions of seniors and low-income families across the country have relied on these laws for basic health care coverage. However, as budget battles and party politics intensify across the country, the attacks on these programs are escalating.
The House is expected to vote today on a Republican proposal to slash health care spending for low-income and middle-class families. Unfortunately, cutting services for America's families is becoming a familiar refrain of House Republicans.
This blog is cross-posted from the National Council of La Raza.
By: Jennifer Ng'andu, Deputy Director, Health Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
The Affordable Care Act turns two this Friday. The law is still fairly new, but some of the most significant progress during its infancy was made on behalf of America's elders.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, people with Medicare saved $2.1 billion on prescription drugs in 2011.
This series explains the new preventive care and wellness benefits in Medicare and explores how advocates can help Medicare beneficiaries take advantage of the new benefits.
Are you or someone you know on Medicare? Well, you should know that important appointments, screenings, and shots are now covered at no additional cost thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The American Medical Association and the AARP jointly released a new brochure called Team Up to Stay Healthy to explain these important preventive services to Medicare beneficiaries and how they can take advantage of them.
This series lays out arguments against cutting health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare in an effort to reduce government spending.
For the past few months, the super committee has been working to find agreement about how to further reduce the deficit. The goal of the bipartisan 12-member committee was to develop a plan to cut the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion (on top of an already agreed to cut of $900 billion) over the next 10 years. The super committee was allowed to consider any methods of reducing the deficit, including cutting vital programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
November is National Caregivers Month—a time to recognize and celebrate caregivers for their important role in our lives. There are professional caregivers, but there are also about 52 million unpaid caregivers—spouses, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and others who take care of loved ones in the home.