Medicare: A Timeline of Key Developments
In 1965, Medicare was created to provide health insurance for the nation’s seniors beginning in 1966. Forty years later, the program covers over 42 million people – primarily seniors but also others under age 65 with permanent disabilities. Medicare helps pay for a range of medical services, including hospital stays, physician visits, preventive benefits, and starting in 2006, prescription drugs. This timeline provides an overview of the legislative changes that have shaped the Medicare program over the past four decades.
New Interactive Timeline coming soon.
also of interest
- The Rising Cost of Living Longer: Analysis of Medicare Spending by Age for Beneficiaries in Traditional Medicare
- Visualizing Health Policy: Medicare Spending: A Look at Present, Short-Term and Long-Term Trends
- Health Affairs Article: At Least Half of New Medicare Advantage Enrollees Had Switched From Traditional Medicare During 2006-11
- The Role of Medicare and the Indian Health Service for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Health, Access and Coverage