50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

LSA is a nationwide network of more than 300 Lutheran health and human services organizations that touch the lives of one in 50 Americans each year. LSA member organizations serve a broad diversity of low-income, vulnerable people including seniors, the homeless, people with disabilities, veterans, children, youth, and families. To meet the distinct and collective needs of these populations, LSA members provide a wide range of services, including health, supportive, and preventive services financed through Medicaid and Medicare. 

As the nation's largest source of long-term services and supports funding, Medicaid is vital for older adults and persons with disabilities, and adequate Medicaid provider payments are crucial to the provision of person-centered, quality services that consumers require and deserve. Similarly, Medicare must reimburse care providers in a way that sustains and strengthens the program, and which ensures beneficiary access to quality long-term and post-acute care. LSA believes that Medicaid and Medicare payments must allow providers to deliver coordinated, person and family-centered, quality services innovatively, efficiently, and economically; in the most appropriate setting of the person’s choice; and within a sustainable funding framework.

Help Medicare and Medicaid Celebrate 50 Years

In 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. Since then, these programs have transformed the delivery of health care in the United States. They have greatly reduced the number of uninsured Americans and have become the standard bearers for quality and innovation in American health care.

Throughout this golden anniversary year, CMS is planning to engage in conversations with beneficiaries, providers, and health experts in communities across the country. For the past 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have been protecting the health and well-being of millions of families, changing their lives, and improving America’s economic security. The story of Medicare and Medicaid’s success starts at the local level, and CMS wants to make sure your community is included.

How can you participate?

Share Your Story

CMS is inviting the public to participate in this celebration by sharing stories of how Medicare and Medicaid have made a difference in the lives of beneficiaries and their families. In the coming months, CMS will share these stories in a number of ways, including to bring life to speeches, website content, and other materials. Some beneficiaries will even be invited to share their stories live at events or through video interviews. Stories can be shared at Medicare.gov/anniversary/share-your-story or by completing this form and release.

Collect Stories from Your Community

In addition, as part of the Administration's effort to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, CMS is building an gallery exhibit that tells the stories of 50 beneficiaries – one story from each state. The exhibit, consisting of photos and stories, will be displayed at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. CMS needs your help to collect the stories of beneficiaries in the community! Stories can be shared at Medicare.gov/anniversary/share-your-story or by completing this form and release.

Spread the Word

CMS has created a drop in article about Medicare & Medicaid's 50th Anniversary and their "Share Your Story" initiative. This article encourages people to share their personal stories about how the Medicare and Medicaid programs have made a difference in their lives. CMS is inviting stakeholders to insert this article in your publications or share it with local press, partners, and networks. Click here to access the drop-in article: http://cmsgov.force.com/newsletter/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=015t00000008tLH.  

50th Anniversary Landing Page

CMS has created a resource hub for the Medicare and Medicaid anniversaries.  It is now live on medicare.gov at  www.medicare.gov/anniversary. Visit the site for the latest on the  50th anniversary celebrations!  

"50 Days. 50 Facts" Social Media Campaign

On June 11, CMS kicked off a 50 day countdown to July 30, 2015 – 50 years to the day that Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law.  Each day, CMS will tweet an important fact about Medicare and/or Medicaid, highlighting the people, places, and progress that represent the programs collective impact in transforming our nation’s health care system.  Follow along, retweet, and share your own facts and figures! Link: https://twitter.com/CMSGov