30th Anniversary of Medicare
In 1996 the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) (subsequently renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) held a conference in Austin, Texas at the LBJ Presidential Library to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the implementation of Medicare. Although Medicare was enacted into law on July 30, 1965, it was not implemented until July 1, 1966--in order to give the Social Security Administration and other governmental agencies sufficient lead-time to prepare for the many implementation tasks associated with the start of such a massive new program.
The Austin conference featured a collection of scholarly and historical reflections on the creation and implementation of Medicare, and assessments of its present and future prospects. The papers presented at the conference were subsequently published in a special issue of HCFA's journal Health Care Financing Review. The printed issue ran to 237 pages, and is being made available here for the first time in electronic form.
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