Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

President Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon Johnson, 1963

On this day, July 30, in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law in the United States to provide health insurance to people age 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower held the first White House Conference on Aging in January 1961, in which creating a health care program for social security beneficiaries was proposed. Its first beneficiary was former President Harry Truman. Read more.