In 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women and people with disabilities. Since then, these programs have transformed the delivery of healthcare in the United States and have greatly reduced the number of uninsured Americans.

As the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid approaches on July 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is collecting stories of how the programs have made a difference in the lives of everyday Americans. They are asking people to share their stories about how Medicare and Medicaid’s preventive benefits have improved patient outcomes and quality of life.