In terms of significance, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 is often compared to the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The ACA grew out of advances in coverage provided by Medicare and Medicaid — in fact, President Theodore Roosevelt first proposed a national health insurance program in 1912! We celebrate over 100 years of healthcare progress in 2016.
The ACA turns 6 today, and its elder sibling, Medicare, turns 51 a few months from now. Both programs continue to evolve, enhancing the lives and health of Americans.