The Social Security Act Of 1935 And Medicaid Insurance

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There has been an increasingly large amount of awareness placed on the governments role in prevention and standards for the control of health care and communicable diseases. In this growing effort are provisions applying to long-term health and stipulations for proper treatment and care. Gradually, a shift from local community efforts to care for the elder has transferred to a prominent government role. Several committees have been created to assist with the implementation and over view of care and acts to instigate change. Amongst the major changes that have been set in place effecting long-term care, was the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935 and Medicaid insurance. Prior to the government’s support with long-term care and the…show more content…
At this time, federal efforts began to assist with disabled and ill seamen. The Marine Hospital was founded to deliver federally funded care and began the materialization of the government’s role in public health. As the government’s role in public health remains, major changes have been put into effect, precisely dealing with long-term care. Before the 1930’s, providing care for the elderly was exclusively a local and state run industry. However, after the great depression, a growing demand was placed on providing some type of insurance for that population. The Social Security Act of 1935 was established to assist with “Federal old-age benefits” and was signed into effect by President Roosevelt on August 15, 1935. (Home, 2015) Another major impact to long-term care has been the creation of Medicaid that went into effect in 1965 and was an amendment to the Social Security Act of 1935. “Title XIX of the Social Security Act is a federal and state entitlement program that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources” Medicaid is a collective effort between state and the government to help provide insurance for eligible citizens. Among those covered under this insurance, are the elderly, disabled and pregnant. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical care. The new changes to Medicaid are ongoing and will be put into effect as part of Obamacare. The Obama administration
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