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Medicaid: A Timeline of Key Developments « » The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid: A Timeline of Key Developments

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation that created the Medicaid program. Medicaid has grown from its origins as a health coverage program for welfare recipients into a public health insurance program for the nation’s low-income population as well as the predominant long-term care program for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. This timeline of key developments tracks the evolution of Medicaid and its role in America’s health care system.

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