Past, Present, and Future: Medicaid

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Past, Present, and Future: Medicaid

The U.S. created Medicaid, a publically funded healthcare program, to assist people in obtaining healthcare services. In this unit, explore Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).


Answer the following questions:

  • Explain the legislation that introduced Medicaid. Your explanation should include a description of the funding sources for the program.
  • Describe some of the changes, including CHIP, that have occurred to the Medicaid program since its inception.
  • Explain the demographics of the majority of people covered by Medicaid and identify how many people in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid.
  • Describe the changes that will occur in Medicaid with the ACA.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. (2015). CMS program history. Retrieved

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. (2015). Affordable Care Act. Retrieved

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  • On a separate page, cite all sources using APA format.

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Medicaid and Affordable Care Act

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Medicaid and Affordable Care Act

The bill that led to the introduction of Medicaid was signed into law by president Lyndon
b. Johnson on 30th July, 1965. This law led to the introduction of Medicaid and Medicare. The
bill was passed as Tittle XIX of the Social Security Amendments of 1965 (Public Law 89-97).
This broad program was created in order to enable the different States of the U.S.A receive
adequate funding from the federal government to facilitate provision of health and medical
services to the needy and the vulnerable members in the community whose numbers were found
to be increasing over the years.
History of the legislation that lead to the inception of Medicaid (Tittle XIX of the Social
Security Amendments of 1965)
Before the inception of the Medicaid program, the federal government had its first
medical payments to the states that were authorized in the year 1950 through the public
assistance amendments. This was a limited program and the funds were channeled to health care
providers. This was followed in the year 1960 by a legislation introduced by Kerr-Mills called
Medical Assistance to the Aged (MAA) that approved federal funding to the elderly in the
various states (Public Law 86-778) which formed the template to legislation that introducing
Medicaid 5 years later.
With the rising need of a universal health insurance policy, rising cost of medical care,
increasing population of the elderly people and lack of any affordable health care insurance
policy, the various advocacy groups in the US raised concerns that led to t...

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