Happy Birthday Medicare and Medicaid

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:44pm
Cupcake with many lit candles in front of a blue background

Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 today!  I read some interesting trivia this morning:  

  • Under President Lyndon B Johnson, Medicare and Medicaid began in 1965
  • In 1972, President Nixon expanded Medicare to include people with long-term disabilities.  
  • In the 1990's, Medicaid grew to include even more low-income Americans.  
  • Then, in 2003, President George W Bush added what we now know as the Part D prescription drug plan, which is an optional cost sharing program for people with Medicare Part A
  • Medicaid has grown to include 10 million more adults
  • Today, more than 50 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare, and 70 million are enrolled in Medicaid

The years ahead will be challenging for health care in our country.  And, given the large number of aging baby boomers who began turning 65 in 2011, the need will be greater than ever for quality healthcare.  Medicare does not cover long term care expenses, and Medicaid is low-income based.  There is no government program coming down the pike to meet our long term care needs.  Planning for longevity is vital.  If you haven't already, let me help you explore options to see if investing in long term care insurance makes sense for you and those you love.

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