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  Medicare - Wex
Medicare is a federally funded system of health and hospital insurance for U.S. citizens age sixty-five or older, for younger people receiving Social Security benefits, and for persons needing dialysis or kidney transplants for the treatment of end-stage renal disease.
Typically, Medicare beneficiaries can receive medical care through physicians of their own choosing or througth health maintenance organizations and other medical plants that have contracts with medicare.
Coverage under Medicare is restricted to reasonable and medically necessary treatment in a hospital; to skilled nursing home, meals, and regular nursing care services; to pay the costs of necessary special care; and for home health services and hospice care for terminally ill patients.
www.law.cornell.edu /topics/medicare.html   (290 words)

  Medicare and Medicaid - MSN Encarta
Medicare is the popular name for the federal health insurance program for persons 65 years of age and over.
Medicare costs are met by Social Security contributions, monthly premiums from participants, and general revenues.
To receive it, Medicare recipients must choose between two private health plans: either a private health plan in their area that offers prescription drug coverage through Medicare, or a private insurance plan that also covers hospital costs and doctors’ visits, such as a preferred provider organization (PPO) or health maintenance organization (HMO).
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761568111/Medicare_and_Medicaid.html   (974 words)

 Medicare patients find drug restrictions - Boston.com
Thousands of elderly patients are learning the hard way that it isn't enough to check whether their medicines are covered under a new Medicare drug plan they have chosen.
However, the Medicare plans have taken the tools to a whole new level, said Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere Health, a consulting firm.
He said the Medicare drug benefit is more generous than other government programs in the number of drugs that are covered.
www.boston.com /yourlife/health/aging/articles/2006/03/30/medicare_patients_find_drug_restrictions   (795 words)

Medicare coverage: To qualify for this training, a beneficiary must be either newly diagnosed with diabetes, or did not receive training at the time of diagnosis, or is at significant risk for complications from the disease.
Medicare coverage: These services can be given by a registered dietitian or nutrition professional and includes an initial nutrition and lifestyle assessment, nutrition counseling, how to manage lifestyle factors that affect your diet, and follow up visits to check on your progress in managing your diet.
Medicare may cover more frequent visits to a foot specialist if you have had a non-traumatic amputation of all or part of you foot or your feet have changed in appearance indicating a serious foot disease.
www.in.gov /isdh/programs/diabetes/legislation/medicare.htm   (1340 words)

 New Medicare Drug Entitlement's Huge New Tax on Working Americans
Medicare spending is on pace to double in the next decade, and that growth rate will accelerate when the baby boomers begin retiring.
The proposed Medicare drug benefit will add $16,127 to that tax burden, but none of these taxes--neither the payroll tax, the tax need to fund the current Medicare shortfall, nor the tax needed to fund a drug benefit shortfall--will be set aside for their own retirement.
Medicare should be revamped to resemble the FEHBP so that drug benefits and other features can become common and cost-effective features of plans driven by consumer choice and competition.
www.heritage.org /Research/HealthCare/bg1673.cfm   (1797 words)

 CNN.com - Bush signs landmark Medicare bill into law - Dec. 8, 2003
President Bush is congratulated after signing the Medicare reform legislation on Monday at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
Backers say the $400 billion Medicare Prescription Drug Modernization Act will provide much-needed help for the nation's 40 million senior citizens to buy medications; critics say it is a giveaway to drug makers and insurance companies and a prelude to the dismantling of the program.
It is the largest expansion of Medicare since the program was created in 1965, though most of its provisions won't take effect for several years.
www.cnn.com /2003/ALLPOLITICS/12/08/elec04.medicare   (744 words)

 National Right to Life
Because Medicare is mandatory health insurance for older Americans, the government must not limit the ability of senior citizens to use their own money, if they wish, to get unrationed insurance for life-saving medical treatment under Medicare.
The Medicare bill reported by the conference committee significantly advances the critical, life-saving right of seniors to add their own money to the amount Medicare contributes in order to get unrationed health insurance and prescription drug coverage.
Under the Medicare bill as reported from conference, there is an escape valve—an alternative to rationing that does not either break the budget or require new taxes.
www.nrlc.org /Medicare/Index.html   (1100 words)

 Medicare Interactive -
Medicare Interactive (MI) is your one-stop source for information about health care rights, options and benefits.
Brought to you by the Medicare Rights Center, a national not-for-profit, consumer service organization, dedicated to ensuring that older adults and people with disabilities get good affordable health care.
MI University lets you choose your curriculum, from the basics of what Medicare is to the details of its home health and hospice benefits.
www.medicareinteractive.org   (240 words)

 NOW with Bill Moyers. Science & Health. Medicare. Q &A with Kaiser Family Foundation Expert | PBS
No minimum price discounts are specified in the Medicare law, but estimates suggest discount card enrollees could face overall savings of about 10-25% off the retail cost of their prescription drugs, although actual discounts will vary form card to card and from drug to drug.
The Medicare legislation included substantial subsidies to encourage employers to maintain health benefits for retirees, and employers are currently in the process of deciding their likely response.
Medicare Advantage (formerly known as Medicare+Choice) provides Medicare-covered benefits as well as some additional benefits like drug coverage to about 11 percent of the Medicare population and will likely continue to play a role in the years to come.
www.pbs.org /now/science/medicareqanda.html   (1616 words)

Medicare is financed by a portion of the payroll taxes paid by workers and their employers.
You can wait to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan if you have other prescription drug coverage but, if you don’t have prescription coverage that is, on average, at least as good as Medicare prescription drug coverage, you will pay a penalty if you wait to join later.
Medicare hospital insurance is free for almost everyone, but you do pay a monthly premium for medical insurance.
www.ssa.gov /pubs/10043.html   (2806 words)

 Talking About Medicare: Your Guide to Understanding the Program: Welcome - Kaiser Family Foundation
Medicare is a critically important source of health insurance for 43 million Americans.
Health insurance coverage matters to people of all ages, but it is especially important for those with permanent disabilities and those with health care diseases and conditions associated with aging.
Talking about Medicare is intended to help you think through basic health care issues and provide information that should better equip you and your family to discuss these topics.
www.kff.org /medicare/7067/index.cfm   (343 words)

 Medicare Today
Medicare today continues to offer information and resources online at www.medicaretoday.org and to offer one-on-one telephone counseling at the Medicare Today Hot Line: 202-452-8700.
Medicare Today develops innovative tools for use by all partners, commissions research studies, and undertakes earned media efforts and outreach to inform beneficiaries about the value of the new benefits under the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA).
Medicare Today will continue beyond the initial enrollment period to provide continued assistance to beneficiaries and respond to media inquires and opportunities.
www.medicaretoday.org   (510 words)

 Medicare - Advocacy & Legal Resources - American Diabetes Association
Medicare provides coverage to approximately 40 million Americans, and is the national health insurance program for:
The "Original Medicare Plan" - Most Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers are already familiar with the Original Medicare Plan.
This is the traditional Medicare coverage that most beneficiaries have, and provides coverage for hospitalization, doctor’s visits, outpatient care, and more.
www.diabetes.org /advocacy-and-legalresources/healthcare/healthinsurance/medicare.jsp   (463 words)

 NURSING HOME INFORMATION SITE: Medicare Summary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Since Medicare is a complicated program governed by numerous rules and regulations, many of which change from time to time, I will try to explain some of the more frequent misunderstood aspects of the program, as well as the benefits of Medicare.
Medicare hospital Insurance -Part A helps pay for up to 100 days in a participating skilled nursing facility in each benefit period.
Admission to a skilled nursing facility must occur within 30 days of a hospital confinement of 3 or more days; must be an extension of the hospital treatment; and must be for daily skilled nursing and/or therapy services which as a practical matter can only be provided on an inpatient basis.
members.tripod.com /~volfangary/Medicare.html   (918 words)

 Medicare Information
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older, people of any age with permanent kidney failure, and certain disabled people under age 65.
Medicare is managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Generally, you are eligible for Medicare if you or your spouse worked for at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment and you are 65 years old and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
www.nvaging.net /medicare.htm   (1583 words)

 Strengthening Medicare: A Framework to Modernize and Improve Medicare
Medicare will pick up as much as 95 percent of all prescription costs once beneficiaries spend $3,600 of their own money each year.
Medicare will also continue to facilitate enrollment in a drug plan for people who qualify for the LIS if they do not choose a plan on their own.
Medicare has built an unprecedented effort along with thousands of national and local partner organizations including SHIPs, Area Agencies on Aging, the National Council on Aging, the NAACP, the AARP, disability organizations, church groups, pharmacists and physicians.
www.whitehouse.gov /infocus/medicare   (1227 words)

 Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. is a national non‑profit, non-partisan organization that provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain Medicare and necessary health care.
In 2007, Medicare Advantage private plans received 113 percent of what it would cost to serve the same beneficiary in the traditional Medicare program.
Medicare patients who are hospitalized sometimes find themselves being told to leave the hospital too soon, before they can safely be cared for at home or at a nursing home.
www.medicareadvocacy.org   (614 words)

 Welcome to Medicare.com - The Gateway to Medicare Covered Products and Services
Medicare (Australia) is a comprehensive public health program, administered by Medicare Australia.
Medicare (Canada) is a comprehensive, universal (for all the citizens and permanent residents in the country) public health financing system.
Medicare (United States) is a publicly funded health insurance program generally for the elderly and disabled.
www.medicare.com   (304 words)

 Medicare Rights center
I was wondering if Medicare covers vaccinations for travel to tropical countries (such as yellow fever, typhoid, meningitis, hepatitis, and so forth).
Learn what to look for and what to watch out for in a drug plan, what coverage you are entitled to and what to do if you are not getting the care or services you need.
Medicare is the solution to our soaring health care costs and the problem of tens of millions of Americans who are uninsured, underinsured or anxiously insured.
www.medicarerights.org   (489 words)

 MedlinePlus: Medicare
Medicare is the U.S. government's health insurance program for people age 65 or older.
Medicare helps with the cost of health care, but it does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care.
Medicare and You 2007(Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) - Large PDF file - Corrected version.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/medicare.html   (492 words)

 Medicare Resources
Medicare Part B Premiums: New Rules For Beneficiaries With Higher Incomes Publication No. 05-10161, (10/06) En Español (05-10936)
Medicare Part B Income-Related Premiums: Request a Reduction as a Result of a Life-Changing Event (Form SSA-44)
Medicare Part B Premiums: What You Can Do If You Think Your Medicare Part B Income-Related Premium Is Incorrect Publication No. 05-10125, (01/07) En Español (05-10125_sp)
www.ssa.gov /mediinfo.htm   (180 words)

 Medicare.Org - The Senior Resource Center for Medicare Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Senior Resource Center for Medicare Information (Medicare.Org) is a resource for Medicare beneficiaries, public agencies and private organizations that provide consumer information and services about the Medicare program and its health plan options.
There are 48 geographic-specific versions of Medicare and You 2007 with drug and health plan comparison charts for particular states or regions.
This will be an enormous improvement over the way benefits are provided in Medicare today –where politicians and bureaucrats, rather than health care markets, dictate what is covered and what is paid.
www.medicare.org   (588 words)

 Prescription Drug Coverage
Since January 1, 2006, everyone with Medicare, regardless of income, health status, or prescription drug usage has had access to prescription drug coverage.
Basic information about Medicare prescription drug coverage, what it is, who can get it, when you can get it, how you can get it and why you should get it.
Lists for each State of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans and other Health Plans with prescription drug coverage that are available in 2007.
www.medicare.gov /pdphome.asp   (441 words)

 Medicare Supplement Insurance Handbook and Rate Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 or older, some people under 65 with disabilities, and people with end-stage renal disease or Lou Gehrig´s disease.
Medicare Select is a type of Medigap policy that may give you a lower price in return for using only the providers on your company´s network providers list.
Texans under age 65 with disabilities who enroll in Medicare Part B also have guaranteed issue rights, but they are only eligible for Medigap coverage under Plan A. This guaranteed issue right is also extended to people on Medicare who lose Medicaid because of a change in their financial situation.
www.tdi.state.tx.us /consumer/medsup.html   (5418 words)

 New York State Office for the Aging Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older and certain disabled individuals.
Medicare is the first payor of health care costs for most older people and for many disabled people.
Medicare managed care plans/HMOs are an alternative to traditional, fee-for-service ("Original")Medicare and may be your preferred choice.
hiicap.state.ny.us /medicare/index.htm   (184 words)

 Information for Beneficiaries on Medicare Coverage - National Cancer Institute
Any cancer care normally covered by Medicare is also covered when it is part of a clinical trial (see Question 6).
Although beneficiaries have Medicare coverage for standard cancer care, they now also have coverage for participating in clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Medicare is a Federal health insurance program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
www.cancer.gov /cancertopics/factsheet/support/medicare   (872 words)

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