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. 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 golden 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 Medicare.gov/anniversary/share-your-story. In late July, regional CMS offices will host public events in addition to a national event in Washington, D.C.