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What is Medicare?

Medicare is a health insurance program for:

  • People age 65 and over
  • People under 65 with certain disabilities
  • People of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant)

Since 1965, Medicare insurance has helped millions of Americans pay for the health care services they need. You likely have already paid into the program through Social Security.

Glossary of Terms

Part A: the part of Medicare that provides help with the cost of inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing services following a hospital stay, hospice, respite care and some home health services.

Part B: the part of Medicare that provides help with the cost of medically necessary services like doctor services, outpatient care and other medical services Part A doesn't cover.

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The Basics of Medicare Insurance Explained

Watch the video below to learn more about Medicare and Medicare-related health insurance plans.