Enactment of the 1965 AmendmentsWith 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:

  1. A hospital insurance plan providing protection against the costs of hospital and related care, and
  2. A supplementary medical insurance plan covering payments for physicians’ services and other medical and health services, to cover expenses not included in the hospital insurance plan.

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