Medicare Basics

Here are some Medicare questions and answers.

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What is Medicare?

Medicare is federal health insurance. It is primarily for America’s seniors, but also some people under age 65 with certain disabilities and those of any age with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)...

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What is Original Medicare?

Medicare Part A, also called “original Medicare,” is the insurance plan that covers hospital stays and services. It also covers stays in skilled nursing facilities, walkers and wheelchairs, and hospice care. It even covers home healthcare services if...

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Who is Eligible for Medicare?

Turning 65 is one way you become eligible for Medicare. You can also be under 65 and eligible for Medicare because you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI. In most cases, you qualify for Medicare due to disability if you have...

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What Does Medicare Cover?

When it comes to healthcare, it’s important to know what is covered and what isn’t. Because there are so many different plans for Medicare, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you.Fortunately, there are tools to make this process...

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What is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare and Medicaid are two separate, government-run programs created in 1965 to address the fact older and lower-income Americans, respectively, found it difficult to afford private health insurance.These programs spread the financial burdens of...

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How Many Different Parts of Medicare?

There are four parts of Medicare: A, B, C and D, which cover specific services. Part A provides inpatient/hospital coverage. Part B provides outpatient/medical coverage. Part C offers an alternate way to receive your Medicare benefits (see below for...

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