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Medicare

Description

Medicare is the U.S. government's health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Some people under age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too. They include those with disabilities, permanent kidney failure, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Medicare helps with the cost of health care. It does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care. The program has four parts:

  • Part A is hospital insurance
  • Part B helps pay for medical services that Part A doesn't cover
  • Part C is called Medicare Advantage. If you have Parts A and B, you can choose this option to receive all of your health care through a provider organization, like an HMO.
  • Part D is prescription drug coverage. It helps pay for some medicines.

Products

Research Protocol Archived October 24, 2013
Systematic Review Archived August 21, 2013
Technical Brief Archived November 15, 2011
Systematic Review Archived August 8, 2011
Technical Brief Archived May 2, 2011
Research Report Archived May 17, 2010
Research Report April 14, 2010