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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Headquarters: 7500 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone: 410-786-3000
Employees: 6,000
Administrator: Andy Slavitt


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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the United States Health and Human Services Department. CMS is mainly responsible for directing the Medicare program, the Medicaid program, and the State Children's Insurance Program (SCHIP). 

CMS is the largest purchaser of health care in the United States. Medicare and Medicaid combined pay about one-third of the Nation’s health expenditures.

Federal spending on Medicare and Medicaid in 2015 was $913.4 billion.

The agency's budget outlays in Fiscal 2015 were $2.5 billion.

Medicare provides health insurance to adults who are 65 years and older and to younger people with certain serious illnesses and disabilities. 
Medicaid is only available to certain people who fall into 25 specific categories, such as pregnant women, nursing home patients, children and teenagers, people who are blind or disabled, or elderly people, etc. Generally speaking, Medicaid is available to low-income people who are disabled and cannot otherwise afford insurance. Medicaid standards vary from state to state. 
State Children's Insurance Program 
SCHIP is strictly dedicated to providing insurance for low-income children. 

The Medicare and Medicaid programs were signed into law on July 30, 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson.
CMS has headquarters in Baltimore.

This agency employees 4,100 federal employees. Its 10 regional offices are located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. 

Andy Slavitt was named Acting Administrator of the agency in 2015.

Updated October 8, 2015