What is the History of Medicare?

According to Wikipedia, the name “Medicare” was originally given to a program providing medical care for families of people serving in the military; and part of the Dependents’ Medical Care Act passed in 1956.President Dwight D. Eisenhower held the...

Enactment of the 1965 Amendments

With the signing of H.R. 6675 into law on July 30, 1965, the President of the United States created the Medicare program.It comprised two related health insurance plans for people age 65 and over:A hospital insurance plan providing protection against the costs of...

History of Medicare Part D

Medicare Part D, the Prescription Drug Program (PDP), went into effect when President George W. Bush signed the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.Implemented in 2006, the Act added a PDP benefit to be provided by private insurers. It...

History of Medicare Advantage

In the 1970s, less than a decade after the beginning of fee for service (FFS) Medicare, Medicare beneficiaries gained the option to receive their Medicare benefits through managed, capitated health plans, mainly Health Maintenance Organizations, as an alternative to...

History of Medicare Supplement Plans

The Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1980 expanded home health services by eliminating limits on the number of home health visits, the prior hospitalization requirement, and the deductible for any Medicare Part B benefits.It also required the development of a list of...