August 4, 2015

Health system marks 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, congregational leader for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and board chair of the Catholic Health Association, marked the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid by joining the president of The MetroHealth System and others who spoke at a July 31 ceremony at MetroHealth’s main campus. The Medicare and Medicaid programs were signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965, and now provide health and long-term care coverage to millions of Americans, including nearly 70 million low-income Americans.

“We at the Sisters of Charity Health System have long believed that families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable care,” said Sister Judith Ann during her remarks.

She also discussed how the mission of Catholic health care is focused on the dignity of the human person and that access to health care is a basic right of every individual.

“We know Medicaid and Medicare coverage changes lives and even save lives because people have coverage that can keep them healthy and provide quality care when they are sick. Together, today we celebrate the efforts of many as we all work to continue to increase access to quality, affordable care for all people,” she added.

Sister Judith Ann also serves as the chair of the public juridic person of the Sisters of Charity Health System. 

The event was hosted by the Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, Sisters of Charity Health System, and University Hospitals.

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