In 1982, when Bess Truman died, she had been enrolled in this government program for about 17 years, longer than anyone else




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In 1982, when Bess Truman died, she had been enrolled in this government program for about 17 years, longer than anyone else

 

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Zach Dark, an investment analyst from Hoover, Alabama
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Mark Ashton, a software engineer from Elmhurst, Illinois (1-day total: $29,100)
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In 1965, under the provisions of the Social Security Act, President Lyndon Johnson and Congress enacted Medicare, in order to provide health insurance for people 65 or older, regardless of income or medical history. It was signed into law at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri; Harry and his wife Bess became the first Medicare recipients.

When Medicare payments to physicians, hospitals, and the like became conditional on desegregation of medical facilities in 1966, it led to very quick racial integration of many medical facilities in the United States.

The answer for: In 1982, when Bess Truman died, she had been enrolled in this government program for about 17 years, longer than anyone else is as following:

POSSIBLE SOLUTION: What is Medicare?

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