Medicare has a long history of helping older Americans with health insurance. Medicare and Medicaid were was originally created to help those who were completely without insurance. Here are some of the key dates in Medicare’s history:
July 30, 1965 – Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Amendments of 1965 (H.R. 6675) into law, which leads to the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Before this time, half of all of those 65 and older were without health insurance. This act, along with the Older Americans Act of 1965, were huge advancements for health care in the U.S.
July 1, 1966 – Medicare coverage begins. More than 19 million people enroll in Medicare.
October 30, 1972 – President Nixon signs the Social Security Amendments of 1972. Medicare is expanded to cover the disabled and people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Medicare benefits are expanded to include chiropractic services, speech therapy, and physical therapy.