Medicare an Overview

The Medicare program signed into law in July of 1965 by President Johnson is the Federal program that provides health insurance for the following groups of individuals:

»  People age 65 or older
»  People under age 65 with certain disabilities
»  People of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease

The Medicare program consist of four main parts:

»  Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)
    • Helps cover inpatient care in hospitals
    • Helps cover skilled nursing facility, hospice and home
       health care

»  Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)
    • Helps cover doctors' services & outpatient care
    • Helps cover some preventive services

»  Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans)
    • A health coverage choice run by private companies
      approved by Medicare
    • Includes Medicare Parts A, B & other coverage's
      including prescription drugs

»  Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage)
    • Helps cover prescription drug costs 

Additional Medicare Resources:

  Medicare and You 2017 (pdf 3.54 MB)

My Medicare Matters  My Medicare Matters
     from the National Council on Aging


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