Happy 53rd Birthday, Medicaid!
Wow, how the years flew by! On July 30, 1965, Medicaid was signed into law — and today, it helps about 37 million children a year get the care they need.
So, why is Medicaid important to children?
- Medicaid caters to kids. Medicaid provides kids with access to comprehensive, pediatric-specific benefits that are critical to their healthy development.
- Medicaid covers children who need care the most. Medicaid is a vital lifeline providing affordable coverage to children in low-income families and to children with special health care needs.
- Medicaid is a smart investment in kids. While children account for 40 percent of all Medicaid beneficiaries, they account for less than 20 percent of program spending. This relatively small amount of funding goes a long way, helping kids grow up healthy and better able to achieve their dreams in adulthood.
What amazing achievements, right? Preserving a strong Medicaid program is essential to ensure that all kids have coverage and access to care.
So for Medicaid’s 53rd birthday, let’s urge Congress to protect Medicaid for the children that depend on it to lead healthy and productive lives. If you haven’t done so, sign and share this pledge to make children’s health a national priority.
Join us on social media using #SpeakNowforKids throughout August and share why Medicaid matters to you and your family. Don’t forget to wish Medicaid a happy birthday (and many more to come)!