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January 17, 1935 H.R. 4120 introduced to 74th Congress. This was the Bill that was the birth of the Social Security Act.
August 28, 1950 President Harry S. Truman signed the Social Security Amendments, which provided federal funds to states for vendor payments for medical care of poor aged called Old-Age Assistance; it became the foundation for the Medicaid program.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman became the first president to propose national health insurance legislation. Congress was opposed to his request, and his program was never realized.
January, 1945 Surgeon General Thomas Parran head of Public Health Service wary of proposals that would expand power of Social Security Board became proponent of federal aid for hospital construction, which led in 1946 to the Hill-Burton hospital construction program.
July 30, 1965 President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law Medicare and Medicaid were enacted as Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Medicare extended health coverage to almost all Americans aged 65 or older. Medicaid provided health care services to those receiving welfare benefits: low-income children deprived of parental support and their caretaker relatives, the elderly, the blind, and individuals with disabilities.
1979 President Carter appointed Joseph Califano Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He combined Medicare and Medicaid preparing for national health insurance to improve the management of the programs, and to increase their leverage in the healthcare marketplace and announced the creation of Health Care Financing Administration.
August 14, 1935 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. It contained "old-age" insurance, unemployment compensation, and maternal and child health, but not health insurance.
August 13, 1946 Hill-Burton Act signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Provided funds for hospital construction and medical services for "low-income" patients. In exchange for federal funds, hospitals were required to serve the poor.
August 1, 1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the disability program into law as part of the Social Security Amendments of 1956. Also, The Hill-Burton hospital construction program was expanded to cover rehabilitation facilities.
October 30, 1972 President Richard M. Nixon signed the most significant expansion of Medicare and Medicaid since its inception. Nearly 2 million individuals under age 65 added. H.R. 1 was signed into law by the President and became Public Law 92-603.
February 6, 1974 President Richard M. Nixon delivers addresses Congress about Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). This was a major step toward universal health care.
1985 COBRA Act
April 7, 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed into law H.R. 3128 (Public Law 99-272), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA).
1986 EMTALA The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law that requires anyone coming to an emergency department to be stabilized and treated, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, but since its enactment in 1986 HAS REMAINED AN UNFUNDED MANDATE.
1988 The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 strengthened quality performance requirements for clinical laboratories in order to assure accurate and reliable laboratory tests and procedures.
August 22, 1996 After a hard-fought debate in the Congress, President William Jefferson Clinton signed welfare reform legislation replacing welfare with new work requirements breaking the link between Medicaid and welfare. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 contained private health insurance reforms that had been the subject of debate for years, administrative simplification, a new Medicare Integrity Program, and privacy provisions.
July, 2001 President George W. Bush appointee as HHS Secretary, Tommy Thompson, renames the Health Care Financing administration the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of his effort to create a new culture of responsiveness in the agency.
December 8, 2003 President Bush signed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (known as MMA) into law. MMA made the most significant changes in the Medicare program since it’s enactment in 1965. Changes include an outpatient prescription drug benefit starting in 2006, a prescription drug discount card available in the interim, new preventive benefits, and many other changes.
March 23, 2010 President Barack Hussein Obama signs the Affordable Care Act of 2010 into Law
November 9, 2016 Donald Trump is elected President of the United States and vows to repeal and replace the ACA.
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