Medicare Monday: Medicare turns 52!

Nicole Longo   |     July 31, 2017   |   SHARE THIS


This weekend (July 30) marked 52 years since Medicare was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a part of the Social Security Act Amendments. To celebrate the occasion, we are taking a look at the ABC (and Ds) of Medicare:  

  • Part A helps patients cover hospital, hospice and home health care and allows patients to access the most skilled nursing facilities.

  • Part B provides a wide range of health care services and coverage for physician office visits, outpatient care and medical equipment, as well as medicines that are administered by a physician. Many of the medicines covered by Part B are for serious and complex conditions, such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, mental illness and autoimmune conditions.
    • And did you know that Part B medicines are not a key driver of Part B spending? Spending on Part B medicines represent a small and stable share of overall Medicare spending. These medicines accounted for just 3 percent of total Medicare spending in 2014 and continued to be just 3 percent of total Medicare spending in 2015.

  • Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, is a managed care option in Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans are Medicare-approved private health insurance plans for individuals enrolled in Part A and Part B.
  • Part D, the newest part of Medicare, was created in 2003 and implemented in 2006. It helps provide affordable prescription drug coverage to seniors and people living with disabilities. In its first 11 years, Part D has:

Has Medicare’s birthday got you interested in more history about the program? Read on here and be sure to tune into Medicare Monday each week for updates and new resources on all things Medicare.

Nicole Longo

Nicole Longo Nicole is senior manager of public affairs at PhRMA focusing on Medicare, 340B, importation and more. She previously worked for a D.C.-based public affairs firm where she assisted a wide range of clients with communications efforts on everything from trade policy to agriculture policy to health care policy. Outside the office, Nicole can be found trying new restaurants (usually Italian), taking an occasional barre class and cheering on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Topics: Part D, Medicare, Medicare Monday, Part B

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