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Document for July 30th:
Social Security Act Amendments


"An act to provide a hospital insurance program for the aged under the Social Security Act with a supplementary medical benefits program and an expanded program of medical assistance, to increase benefits under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance System, to improve the Federal-State public assistance programs, and for other purposes, July 30, 1965"; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives.

This act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. The signing took place at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, MO, with former President Truman present in order to recognize his early effort to establish a national health insurance program. The act established Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor.
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