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A brief history of Medicare in America

A brief history of Medicare in America

Landmark social program now covers 58.5 million Americans

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February 27, 2018

Discussion about a national health insurance system for Americans goes all the way back to the days of President Teddy Roosevelt , whose platform included health insurance when he ran for president in 1912. But the idea for a national health plan didn't...

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Medicare and health reform - Medicare Resource Center

Medicare and health reform

How the Affordable Care Act has worked to reduce spending, drive down costs for Medicare beneficiaries, improve service delivery

September 16, 2017

"Keep your hands off my Medicare."

There is perhaps no quote more memorable - nor more contentious - from the battle over the Affordable Care Act. During the debate, reform critics warned that the ailing Medicare system...

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Medigap – Medicare supplement insurance

Insurance coverage that fills the gaps in Medicare's plans

September 16, 2017

Because Original Medicare covers a significant portion of its recipients' health care expenses, eligibility for Medicare is a welcome milestone. But for all that Medicare covers, its enrollees learn quickly that Original Medicare doesn't pick up the tab for everything. Enrollees still find that they need help with many...

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Important Medicare enrollment dates

If you snooze, you could lose premium dollars or coverage

September 13, 2017

When you're approaching the age of eligibility for enrollment in one of the many Medicare coverage plans, it's important to thoroughly research the benefits and costs of each plan, but it's probably even more important to make sure you enroll at the right time. Missing an enrollment date could cost you higher premiums...

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Am I eligible for Medicare health coverage?

Am I eligible for Medicare health coverage?

In most cases, you're eligible at age 65 for comprehensive coverage

February 28, 2018

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Can recent immigrants to the United States get health ...

Can recent immigrants to the United States get health coverage if they're over 65?

February 27, 2018

Q: We would like our 80-year-old grandmother to come to the USA and live with us so we can take care of her. How do we get health insurance for her?

A: Prior to 2014, there were few options available for someone in your grandmother's position. Individual health insurance generally wasn't available...

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Medicare Part B – outpatient coverage

Part B coverage pays for a broad range of medically necessary services not covered during inpatient treatment, including ambulance services, certain surgical procedures, mental health care, physical therapy, transplants, urgently needed care and more. In addition, Part B covers preventive medical services , including diagnostic tests (such as MRIs, CT scans, EKGs and x-rays) and a host of...

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The Medicare Resource Center

Open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D coverage ended in December, but if you're thinking about changing your coverage, you've still got options:

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