Congresswoman Susan Davis Commemorates 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid

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Washington, DC, July 30, 2015 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid with a promise of continued support for these vital health care programs.

“For 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have been a promise made to our elderly, low-income families, and disabled,” said Davis. “Choosing between basic necessities, like food or housing, and health care, as so many seniors had to do half a century ago, is simply unacceptable. It’s a promise we must keep.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965 when more than half of the nation’s seniors did not have access to health insurance. Today, Medicare provides health benefits to more than 50 million seniors and people with disabilities.

These programs that provide health care security and peace of mind to millions of Americans continue to be under assault from opponents. In Congress, Davis has fought against efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher program. Such a drastic change would mean millions of seniors would face huge out-of-pocket expenses to cover their health care needs.

Davis recently supported legislation to avoid cuts to Medicare doctors, known as the “Doc Fix.” These cuts may have resulted in some doctors no longer accepting Medicare patients.

Medicaid is a federal-state partnership that provides health care to low-income individuals, children, the elderly, and people living with disabilities.  This program still faces the threat of massive budget cuts from opponents in Congress that could leave millions at risk.  Davis continues to resist efforts to undermine Medicaid.

Davis’s office routinely works with constituents to navigate the bureaucratic process sometimes associated with Medicare and Medicaid. She encourages constituents with questions about benefits to contact her office.

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