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Introduction to Medicare

Medicare is the federal government's principal health care insurance program for people 65 years of age and over. 

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Entering and Leaving Medicare Advantage Plans

You generally must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B before you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage for Low-Income Beneficiaries

A low-income subsidy (called Extra Help) is available to help pay the premiums, deductibles, and co-payments of the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

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Medigap: Plugging the Holes in Medicare

With all the deductibles, copayments and coverage exclusions, Medicare pays for only about half of the medical costs of America's senior citizens. 

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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)

The Medicare prescription drug plan allows private health insurers to offer limited insurance coverage of prescription drugs to elderly and disabled Medicare recipients.

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Medicare's Nursing Home Coverage

Medicare Part A covers institutional care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, as well as certain care given by home health agencies and care provided in hospices.

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Medicare Part A: Hospital Coverage

Medicare Part A covers institutional care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, as well as certain care given by home health agencies and care provided in hospices.

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Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B basically covers "outpatient" care: office visits to medical specialists, ambulance transportation, diagnostic tests performed in a doctor's office or in a hospital on an outpatient basis, physician visits while the patient is in the hospital, and various outpatient therapies that are prescribed by a physician. 

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