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Rep. Coleman: Happy Anniversary Medicare and Medicaid  
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by: Rep. Coleman, Garnet F.
07/30/2010

Now We're Closing the Doughnut Hole


Houston--On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Forty five years later 47 million Americans have health coverage through Medicare.

"It's hard to believe that a program so essential to the health of our seniors and individuals with disabilities was once controversial and decried with shouts of socialism," said Rep. Coleman.

"Forty five years ago, many seniors and Americans with disabilities were given an opportunity to continue to live with dignity," said Rep. Coleman. "When President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, he gave a safety net to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low income children."

Medicare helped decrease the level of poverty amongst seniors by two-thirds. Medicare has evolved over time to better meet the needs of those it is meant to help.

"The new health care law is closing the Medicare doughnut hole," added Rep. Coleman. "Many seniors have received $250 checks to help to pay for their medications."

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act phases out the Medicare prescription coverage gap known as the doughnut hole. In July, seniors began receiving $250 checks to help offset high prescription cost. By January, the health care law will close the doughnut hole by 50 percent, and by 2020 it will close the gap in coverage completely.

"Our country needs to keep looking forward and continue to improve Americans' access to quality health care." said Rep. Coleman.



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