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From the Archives: The Medicare Bill of 1965

Summary: 
Today marks the 47th anniversary of the signing of the law that established Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act Amendments, popularly known as the Medicare bill. It established Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor. 

Former President Truman participated in the signing ceremony with President Johnson. Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman received Medicare registration cards numbers one and two.  At the time, Mr. Truman was 81 years old, and he described it as a “profound personal experience for me.”

The National Archives have put together a gallery featuring images and artifacts from the event in Independence, Missouri 47 years ago today.   Check it out:  


Learn more about the Medicare bill: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=99