At its 50-year mark, Medicare now covers 55 million people, provides insurance to one in six Americans, and accounts for 14 percent of the federal budget and 20 percent of national healthcare expenditures. This snapshot of Medicare-by-the-numbers reveals the program as firmly placed at the nexus of political will, social responsibility, and future sustainability. In our modern political climate, can we muster the will to retain this life-saving program at its current strength? Will impending demographics prove too unwieldy—or be manageable with substantial change?
June 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law in 1965, Medicare has opened doors to healthcare and increased economic security for hundreds of millions of older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. In celebration of this milestone, the American Society on Aging (ASA) is devoting the Summer 2015 issue of its quarterly journal, Generations, to “Medicare at 50 Years.”
My late husband Howard had been a sports publicist. From him I learned that “There is no ‘I’ in team.” But when he became totally disabled as a result of an automobile accident, and I became his caregiver, I found that there was a “U” in team. I was repeatedly told “You are responsible for medications,” and “You have to turn him in bed every two hours,” and “You should quit your job.”
For the past eight years, Southwest Airlines generously has provided air tickets to a number of attendees at the Aging in America Conference. This year, they allocated a large portion of their gift to people attending the ASA Leadership Institute at the Conference. They were awarded tickets based on answers to essay questions posed by ASA. Cick here to learn more about the 2015 Leadership Institute participants.
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