Today marks the 56th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. Since 1965, Medicaid has provided high-quality, affordable health care coverage to hundreds of millions of Americans. This essential safety net delivers health and financial security to those who need it most, including low-income families, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Since its creation, Medicaid has continued innovating in health care delivery. For example, Medicaid managed care programs work with states to improve quality and access to care while controlling costs. Let’s continue to build a stronger and more sustainable Medicaid for the 1 in 5 Americans that rely on this essential program.