Medicare Anniversary

Medicare: keeping us healthy for 50 years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare program. For 50 years, this program has been protecting the health and well-being of millions of American families, saving lives, and improving the economic security of our nation.

Though Medicare started as basic insurance programs for Americans who didn’t have health insurance, the programs have changed over the years to provide more and more Americans with access to the quality and affordable health care they need.

This summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mark the anniversary of these programs by recognizing the ways in which these programs have transformed the nation’s health care system over the past 5 decades. CMS will also look to the future and explore ways to keep Medicare strong for the next 50 years, by building a smarter and healthier system so that these programs will continue as the standard bearers for coverage, quality and innovation in American health care.