Happy birthday, Medicaid and Medicare! - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Happy birthday, Medicaid and Medicare!


Medicaid and Medicare have been around for 50 years in the United States, and about 45 years in Mississippi.

And on Thursday at the State Capitol, a few groups held a celebration. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was on hand, as well as the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.

Medicaid provides low-cost health coverage to people with low income, and people who are elderly or who have disabilities. Medicaid is mainly for people age 65 or older. 

"It's been a great tool for Americans to help stabilize our economic security and also to provide better services for our citizens. It's a great day and a great anniversary for America," says De'Keither Stamps, City of Jackson Ward 4 Councilman. 

The groups hope to encourage voters to demand Medicaid expansion among lawmakers. 

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