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The Internet Archive is an Internet Library that has archived over 270 billion web pages from 1996 to the present.  The Internet Archive includes several thousand capture dates for the CMS’s website. Previously captured CMS websites may hold historical information that is no longer found on the current site.

Between 2001 and the present, CMS has used two URLs.

  • cms.hhs.gov
  • cms.gov
Between 1996 and 2001, CMS was known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).
  • hcfa.gov

The Internet Archive supports searching a specific URL, but does not support a keyword search. To begin searching,

  • Type hcfa.gov, cms.hhs.gov or a specific website URL in the search box.
Screenshot of Internet Archive search box
Internet Archive dates available
  • Then select from the archived dates available.
  • Navigate to different areas of the historical site by clicking either the black bars at the top of the page or the dates with the colored circles. As mentioned previously, a keyword search won’t work with the historical site, it will take you directly to the current site (cms.gov). 

Example of what a user may see once a date is selected.

Internet Archive results when a date is selected
Contents of the "Statistics and Data" page

This image shows the contents of the “Statistics and Data” page.

Medicare National Enrollment Trends for 1966-1998

Medicare National Enrollment Trends for 1966-1998