Which federal agencies manage the Social Security and the Medicare programs?

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The Medicare and the Social Security programs are two very important social programs that exist today. President Johnson and Congress created the Medicare program. It provides health care for those people who are 65 or older. This program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. It is run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Medicare program is funded by a payroll tax on employees and on employers.

The Social Security Act that was passed during the Great Depression created the Social Security program. President Roosevelt was concerned that liberal people in his own party felt he wasn’t doing enough to help the people. When Francis Townsend proposed giving people a pension at age 60, President Roosevelt and Congress responded with the Social Security Act. The Social Security Administration runs the Social Security program. It is funded by a payroll tax on workers and on employers. While this program helps people who are retired, it also helps children and disabled workers. Children who have lost a parent receive benefits from the program. So do workers who have become disabled.

The Medicare program and the Social Security program are two very important programs on which many people rely.