Medicare Anniversary: America’s Health Insurance

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act Amendments, thus establishing Medicare and Medicaid, the health insurance programs for Americans. For over 57 years, these two medical support programs have been the foundation that ensures affordable healthcare for all Americans over sixty-five years of age and low-income families.

It’s essential to be informed and prepared to obtain and complete the necessary documents to qualify for the critical benefits of the Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs. To help Americans with this crucial task, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) online bookstore offers the Health Insurance Claim Forms (CMS-1500), the official standard Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) health insurance claim form.

“The CMS-1500 form is the standard claim form developed by the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC) and used by all non-institutional medical providers or suppliers to bill Medicare carriers and durable medical equipment regional carriers (DMERCs) when a provider qualifies for a waiver from the Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA) requirement for electronic submission of claims. It is also used for billing of some Medicaid State Agencies.” For more information, visit the CMS website at

A few moments of your time administering important Federal benefits will give you peace of mind that your medical and financial needs are in order.


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About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publications and Information Sales Office.

Images and additional content provided by Government Book Talk Editor Trudy Hawkins. Trudy is the Senior Marketing & Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Office supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore (

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