is a Federal health insurance program for people 65 years or older,
certain people with disabilities and those with permanent kidney
treated with dialysis or a transplant. It is divided into two parts.
Medicare Part A
- Medicare A is a trust fund that pays for
hospital bills incurred by senior citizens and disabled individuals.
Therefore, this portion
of Medicare is FREE to PARTICIPANTS.
Medicare Part B - The
second part is Medicare, Part B, which is a VOLUNTARY program that
pays for doctor's bills and outpatient services. It is funded through
a COMBINATION of participant premiums and money from the general
revenue fund. The types of services covered by Part B are doctor's
services, outpatient hospital care, blood, medical equipment, and
Home Health services. It also pays for lab tests, physical and occupational
therapy and some preventative services, ex. Flu shots, mammograms.
However, the PARTICIPANTS must PAY this portion.
Sites Of Interest
Medicare Amounts for 2003
Websites for Information
for Medicare & Medicaid Services
A federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS
runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national health care programs that
benefit about 75 million Americans.
Citizens for Better
broad-based, bipartisan group representing the interests of patients, seniors,
pharmaceutical research companies, doctors, caregivers, hospitals, employers,
health care experts and many others concerned with the health of Americans and
our Medicare system.
Information regarding Medicare Eligibility and
Enrollment, Help with Your Medicare Account, Medicare Coverage and Billing,
Premiums and Costs, and Other Information.
(Official Government Site)
Ability to order replacement card. Information on Managed Care Plans.
Information about leaving Medicare.