The Basics

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Medicare Basics

Medicare is a federally-sponsored health insurance program for people age 65 and older; people younger than 65 with a disability; people diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease; and those with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Medicare provides coverage for hospital care (Part A), medical services (Part B) and prescription drugs (Part D).

Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, offers beneficiaries the option of receiving their Medicare benefits through private health plans.

Related Links

New-to-Medicare Frequently Asked Questions: Helpful questions, answers and resources for assistance on items to know and actions to take when becoming eligible for Medicare.

“Welcome to Medicare” Information Sheets
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlines 3 simple steps for new beneficiaries to take to make the most of their Medicare benefits. Download the PDF in English, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Laotian and Vietnamese.

Medicare Fraud and Abuse
Fraud scenarios, how to prevent fraud and where to report suspected cases of fraud.