This week's cover story explores the 40th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. The legislation creating these landmark programs was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965. The ramifications of that act for patients and providers have been enormous.
This package includes an overview of the programs' past, present and possible future by Modern Healthcare Washington reporter Tony Fong. In addition, we present a graphic look at Medicare and Medicaid statistics and opinion articles by six distinguished observers. The commentators include HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, American Hospital Association President Richard Davidson, American Medical Association President J. Edward Hill, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and health policy analyst Emily Friedman.
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