Across the country, seniors and their advocates are preparing to celebrate Medicare’s 50th
anniversary on July 30th
. And, they have good reason to celebrate. Through the years, with the guidance of health policy experts and support from Congress and the White House, Medicare has proven to be a dynamic program with a successful record of addressing the changing health needs of persons 65 years of age and older. But, for a program which fills a critical need for millions of beneficiaries, the lack of certain coverage which addresses the well-being of the whole person must be a part of the planning strategy for the next 50 years. Hearing, vision and dental services are not currently covered by Medicare. This leaves millions of seniors at a loss to pay for services that are crucial to maintaining a healthy, independent lifestyle.