Medicare 50th Anniversary Events this Week

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Mike Burgess

Here is a listing (courtesy of NY StateWide Senior Action Council) below of the special events being planned by senior and health consumer advocates across the state to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Medicare and Medicaid acts which were amendments to the 1935 Social Security Act.  I didn’t realize that when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare law in Independence, Missouri with former President Harry Truman, that Truman was enrolled as the first Medicare beneficiary.

The big event this week which I previously mentioned is the celebration and  concert at the Cohoes Music Hall in Albany County with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary on Thursday at 12:00 noon until 2:30.

Also here is a link to the WGY radio interview I did on Saturday with Lou Pierro on the 5oth anniversary

Happy Birthday Medicare & Medicaid Events in NY State

Albany – Cohoes

Happy Birthday Medicare

Thursday July 30th – Noon till 2:30

Special Guest Performance : Peter Yarrow

Cohoes Music Hall

58 Remsen St

Statewide Senior Action Co 800-333-4374

NYC- Manhattan

Thurs., July 30 @ 10:00 a.m.

Professional Staff Congress CUNY

61 Broadway, 16th floor, in downtown Manhattan

Metro, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY

646-527-6612 or

NYC- Staten Island

Gather @ 1 p.m.

New Amsterdam Plein (outside Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan) to take the 1:30 ferry

Press Conference @ 2 p.m.

Front steps of Staten Island Borough Hall

(opposite St. George Ferry Terminal)

646-527-6612 or


March for Medicare

Syracuse City Hall Commons

To the Federal Building

Thursday, July 30th – Begins 12 Noon

Alliance for Retired Americans

 Broome County – Binghamton

Happy Birthday Medicare

Woodburn Court 1 Apts

Thurs July 30th – 12 Noon

21 Exchange St – Binghamton

Citizen Action at 607-723-0110

Sullivan County – Monticello

Friday July 31 – 10 AM

Ted Stroebele Neighborhood Facility

2 Jefferson St , Monticello

Special Guest : Michael Burgess

( former Director of the NYS Office of Aging )

845-807-0241 or 845-985-7901

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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