Get a jump on covering 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid

Pia Christensen

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Bob Rosenblatt

Bob Rosenblatt

The 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid is July 30.

Over the years, these programs have evolved from basic safety nets to comprehensive care models designed to improve quality and offer affordable health care for millions. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 55 million Americans have Medicare this year and more than 70 million have Medicaid in any given month

Bob Rosenblatt, a veteran at reporting on issues around aging, has put together a tip sheet with background on the Medicare program and some things to consider as you plan coverage of the anniversary. It includes story ideas and useful links as well as contact information for sources.

3 thoughts on “Get a jump on covering 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid

  1. Laura Henze Russell

    Another big story is what Medicare doesn’t cover, but needs to in order to protect the health of older Americans. Dental care or lack thereof, and materials used, have a major impact on overall health and chronic disease risk of seniors. Low grade, systemic infections often originate in the mouth, as anyone with pets knows. In addition, by not paying attention to individual variations in methylation (ability to clear toxins) based on genetics, dental fillings and other installed devices can trigger chronic inflammation. Inflammation fuels systemic health problems that present as autoimmune and neurological diseases, and a host of memory, mental status, mobility, and movement disorders associated with “premature aging.” As we celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary, let us work toward making it a stronger safety net for health in the next 50 years.

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