What Is Medicare?

Medicare is a health insurance program introduced in 1965 by the United States government and administered through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare is made up of four parts:

1. Medicare Part A: Inpatient hospital insurance

2. Medicare Part B: Outpatient insurance
(Medicare Parts A and B make up "Original Medicare.")

3. Medicare Part C: Medicare Advantage plans

4. Medicare Part D: Prescription drug coverage

Who is Eligible For Medicare?

In general:

  • All individuals aged 65 and older
  • People under age 65 with certain disabilities if they receive Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits
  • Those with end-stage renal disease
  • Those who meet other special criteria

NEXT: Medicare Enrollment Periods

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If you have questions about eligibility,
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