Host: Ford School

Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security Anniversary Event: a faculty roundtable featuring Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and former Congressman John Dingell

Date & time

Aug 11, 2015, 4:30-6:00 pm EDT


In-person attendance at this event is by invitation.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #Medicare50UM. We'll pose at least one Twitter question during the Q&A.

Two elected leaders and a roundtable of U-M researchers will convene to mark the 50th anniversary of the legislation that created the Medicare system and the 80th anniversary of Social Security's creation.

John Dingell, Jr., who represented southeast Michigan in the U.S. House for 65 years, co-sponsored the 1965 Medicare/Medicaid legislation that created health insurance programs that now cover 1 in 3 Americans. His father, John Dingell, Sr., co-sponsored the legislation that created the Social Security Administration. Debbie Dingell, in office since January 2015 to represent Michigan's 12th District, including Ann Arbor, has proposed legislation to expand Medicare benefits. 

The event will open with brief remarks from John Z. Ayanian, M.D., MPP, director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and Susan M. Collins, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. They will be followed by remarks from both John and Debbie Dingell. 

A roundtable of U-M health scholars will then join the Dingells for a discussion about the past, present, and future of the landmark Medicare/Medicaid legislation.