Medicare Act Of 1965

An Era With A Greater Emphasis On Public Health Issues

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

First Two Cards

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.”

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill. President Harry S. Truman is seated next to him.

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