Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid

Jul 30, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano today celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid, signed into law by Democratic President Johnson on this date in 1965 as part of the Social Security Act.
“Fifty years ago our government passed landmark legislation to protect our most vulnerable through the unprecedented step of providing  health care to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families. Medicare and Medicaid were founded on a simple idea- that no one should have to go broke or lack access to adequate health care due to their health care history or income. Since then, millions of individuals and families have benefitted from the preventive care and treatment these two programs provide. More than 100 million individuals, including countless people and families in the Bronx, are enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare today. They have peace of mind in knowing that they don’t have to worry about being able to access affordable health care they or their families may need. Thanks to this achievement, hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved and Americans’ quality of life has improved,” said Congressman Serrano. “Despite this record of proven success, Republicans insist in getting rid of Obamacare, which extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund for 13 more years and further expanded access to quality affordable health care. We can’t allow Republicans to get away with their plans, and leave low-income seniors and families without health care. Congress should be working towards strengthening and expanding Medicare and Medicaid. The proof is in the pudding; these programs work.”