Happy birthday, Medicaid and Medicare! - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Happy birthday, Medicaid and Medicare!

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Medicaid and Medicare have been around for 50 years in the United States, and about 45 years in Mississippi.

And on Thursday at the State Capitol, a few groups held a celebration. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was on hand, as well as the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.

Medicaid provides low-cost health coverage to people with low income, and people who are elderly or who have disabilities. Medicaid is mainly for people age 65 or older. 

"It's been a great tool for Americans to help stabilize our economic security and also to provide better services for our citizens. It's a great day and a great anniversary for America," says De'Keither Stamps, City of Jackson Ward 4 Councilman. 

The groups hope to encourage voters to demand Medicaid expansion among lawmakers. 

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