Medicare: 50 Years and Counting

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Medicare was created 50 years ago as a health insurance program for seniors and people with disabilities. Today it has over 5.6 million enrollees in California alone. We'll discuss how the entitlement program has changed the face of health care in America. And we'll examine its accomplishments and ongoing challenges, including how to pay for the extra 10,000 baby boomers who become eligible for the program each day.


Laurence Baker, professor of health research and policy at Stanford University

Andrew Bindman, professor of medicine, health policy, epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF and director of the University of California Medicaid Research Institute

Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation