How Long Did Medicare Take From Passage To Implementation?

With all this talk of healthcare be it universal health care or insurance, I was just wondering, in the 60s medicare was passed.

How long did it take from the final passage of medicare to the first people to actual benefit from it’s implementation.

It seems like even if they passed some sort of health care package today it would be 2 to 6 years before anyone even starts to see a benefit.

So how long did Medicare in the USA take from passage to implementation?

Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law in 1965. Medicaid funding started being available to states on January I, 1966 (states were phased in), and Medicare began offering benefits as of July 1, 1966.