Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Robert M. "Bob" Ball
Inducted in 1999
Ball's name is synonymous with the U.S. Social Security Administration, and the influential government official was a progenitor of the U.S. Medicare program. In 1939, Ball joined the Social Security Board's Bureau of Old-Age Insurance, a precursor to the SSA, where he worked until 1945. He would return to the bureau in 1949 and would eventually help draft legislation establishing disability benefits. In 1962, under President John F. Kennedy, Ball was named Social Security commissioner and would serve in that position under the Johnson and Nixon administrations as well.