Montana Democrats Celebrate the 50th Birthday of Medicare and Medicaid

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. In Montana, Democrats are celebrating the promise that these programs have made to our seniors and working families.

“For half a century Medicare and Medicaid have provided Montana’s seniors and working families with affordable health care coverage,” said Nancy Keenan, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “As we celebrate this historic achievement, Democrats also commend Governor Bullock for working tirelessly with the state Legislature to pass the HELP Act and expand Medicaid to provide 70,000 more Montanans access to affordable health care.”

Medicaid expansion will help up to 70,000 Montanans get the health care they need and deserve. This includes 9,500 veterans and their family members and 20,000 American Indians. Additionally, Medicaid expansion will boost Montana’s economy. Expansion will support 11,500 to 12,700 new jobs and statewide earnings could increase by $3.5 billion by 2021.

Despite the success of these programs, some Montana Republicans would end Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. Democrats remain committed to protecting the promise that these programs have made to Montana’s seniors and working families.

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