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On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law 50 years ago Thursday, subsidizing health care for millions of seniors, low-income families and people with disabilities. Both programs were highly controversial and have undergone many changes over the past half-century, and today they cover about a third of all Americans, according to the Associated Press. Let's do the numbers:July 30, 1965
The official signing ceremony in Independence, Missouri, at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library. The Kaiser Family Foundation notes that Truman, an advocate for expanded health care during his presidency, was the first person to enroll. Coverage would begin about a year later.
That's about how many people are covered by Medicare, according to the federal government, starting from just over 19 million in 1966.71.6 million
That's how many Americans are enrolled in Medicaid, including 75 percent of children living under the poverty line and 64 percent of people living in nursing homes.$505 billion
Total Medicare spending in fiscal year 2014, or about 14 percent of the total federal budget, according to the Congressional Budget Office. After a slowdown this decade, spending is expected to accelerate through 2024, when spending is projected to reach $866 billion.July 2, 1964
The date Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, a little more than a year before Medicare. NPR points out the administration used one act to help the other: Hospitals that discriminated were in danger of losing federal dollars, and thousands desegregated as a result.
An scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it's "highly likely" that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.
Forty years ago today, Hoffa pulled into a restaurant parking lot and was never heard from again. His story is one of union devotion, fraud and fierce political battles.
A 2013 investigation resulted in the indictment of "25 people — including 13 women working as corrections officers" on racketeering and drug charges. Nearly 20 more faced other charges.
Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.
The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.