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Medicare changes coming for seniors

Posted on May 16, 2013

Friday, July 30, marks the 45th anniversary of the Medicare program. On this date in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid bill into law in the presence of former President Harry Truman, who received the first Medicare card at the ceremony. Nearly 19 million beneficiaries followed Truman and enrolled in Medicare in the first year of the program. Today more than 45 million Americans are enrolled, including an estimated 95,161 in Fulton County, making Medicare the nation’s largest health insurance program. While Medicare has evolved in many... Read More

Medicare Gets New Lease On Life; Social Security Program Remains Healthy

Posted on August 6, 2010

The new health care law has significantly improved the prognosis for Medicare, extending the life of its trust fund by 12 years until 2029, and thereby delaying any need for dramatic changes in benefits or revenues, according to a new report. The annual check-up from government actuaries overseeing the nation’s two central safety-net programs also found that Social Security continues to be much less of a problem than Medicare, and will remain in strong financial shape at least through 2037. “The financial outlook for the Medicare program is substantially improved... Read More