The 48th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

HHS: July 30, 2013

A statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Today, we mark the 48th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid becoming law, a sacred promise our country made to older Americans and low-income working Americans and families that they will have the medical care they need to live healthier lives.

The historic pledge acknowledges that after contributing a lifetime of hard work to our nation’s well-being, our seniors will be able to live their golden years with the security and peace of mind that comes with having affordable health coverage under Medicare.

For low-income children, parents, and people with disabilities, Medicaid created a federal-state partnership to provide a health care safety net to promote stronger families and communities across our country.

The reforms in the Affordable Care Act strengthen the promise of both Medicare and Medicaid. Read More