Medicaid & Medicare Celebrate 50 Years of Improving Michiganders' Health & Well-Being
Monday, August 3, 2015
On July 30, 2015, an anniversary celebration was held in Lansing, Michigan by the Medical Care Advisory Council in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicaid and Medicare.
Fifty years ago President Johnson traveled to Independence, Missouri, the hometown of former President Harry S. Truman, to sign this landmark legislation. Truman, who introduced Johnson, had championed the concept for these programs for the previous 20 years.
Today in Michigan 2.3 million Michiganders are enrolled in the wide variety of Medicaid programs such as the Healthy Michigan Plan and MI Child, including nearly 52,000 babies, 147,800 seniors and 380,000 people with disabilities.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 54 million people are currently enrolled in Medicare in the United States. Working with the states, CMS is dedicated to creating a health care system that is setting the standards for how care is delivered by being better, smarter and healthier, and committed to improving health care for future generations.
Source: Medical Care Advisory Council and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services