Increasing Medicare’s Impact as it Turns 50

(By – Linda P. Fried, Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)

On July 30, 1965 — 50 years ago — Medicare became law. With the stroke of a pen, President Lyndon B. Johnson transformed the lives of millions of Americans. Today, more than 43 million seniors have health insurance through Medicare and, as a result, are in better health and living longer than ever. But a lot has changed in a half century. It’s time to consider how Medicare must evolve to ensure that it maximizes healthy aging and disease prevention. Read more…

 

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