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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

Medicare and Medicaid Celebrate 50 Years; 55 Million Americans Covered by Medicare; New State Enrollment Numbers

President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs Medicare Bill July 30 1965Washington, DC, July 30, 2015 ― On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson—with former President Harry S. Truman at his side—signed the Social Security Amendments, which established Medicare and Medicaid, promising that they would “improve a wide range of health and medical services for Americans of all ages.”

As Medicare and Medicaid today celebrate their 50th anniversary protecting the health and well-being of millions of seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers, showing that more than 55 million Americans are covered by Medicare.

In 1966, approximately 19.1 million Americans were covered by Medicare. In 2012, there were nearly 52 million beneficiaries covered by Medicare.  Today’s enrollment numbers represent a three million person increase during the last three years as the Baby Boom generation has started to retire.

Medicare beneficiaries depend on the program to provide critical health services such as preventive services, including flu shots and diabetes screenings, hospital stays, lab tests and critical supplies like wheelchairs and prescription drugs.

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said, “Over the last 50 years, Medicare has become part of the fabric of our communities, protecting the well-being and financial security of millions of American families as they age or if they become disabled. In doing so, Medicare has kept up with dramatic demographic changes and led the charge toward improving health care delivery.”

“As we preserve and advance Medicare for future generations, we are focused on helping build a better system with smarter spending that keeps people healthier,” Slavitt added.

CMS also releases state-by-state Medicaid enrollments on a monthly basis.

As of May 2015, over 71.6 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with 12.8 million more gaining coverage since 2013. More information is available on Medicaid.gov.

To review CMS’s chart that outlines enrollment as of May 2015 in Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Part D (prescription drug plans) — including in New Jersey — click here.