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Program Description:

Medicare is a Federal health insurance program for people 65 years of age or older, under 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). Currently, 44 million Americans benefit from the various medical choices offered through Medicare.

As a person with Medicare, you now have choices in how you get your health and prescription drug coverage. You can get detailed Medicare information and learn more about the following:

  • Medicare benefits and plans
  • Your rights and protections including your right to appeal
  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Referrals by state and local agencies for community services
  • Medicare claims and Medicare Summary Notices
  • Medicare Advantage and other Medicare Health Plans
  • Additional program information
General Medicare Information

Important points you need to know about your Medicare benefits:

  • Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (not custodial or long-term care). It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. You usually don??t pay a premium for Medicare Part A if you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes while working.
  • Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover doctors' services and outpatient care. It also covers some other medical services that Part A doesn't cover, such as some of the services of physical and occupational therapists, and some home health care. You pay a monthly Part B premium each month.
  • Medicare drug coverage is offered with a monthly premium. If you have limited income and resources, you may get extra help to cover prescription drugs for little or no cost. For additional information about these plans visit:


General Program Requirements:

If you would like to find out if you are eligible for Medicare, contact Social Security at 1?800-772-1213 or use the Medicare Eligibility Tool at:





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.


Program Contact Information:

If you have questions about your health care benefits please visit

or call toll free, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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