Medicare is a federal health insurance program created to provide a safety net for America’s senior citizens. Now expanded to cover seniors plus enrollees who meet special criteria, the program is the largest single health care payer in the nation. And, although its costs and outcomes were hotly debated during the recent health reform debate, Medicare remains a wildly popular program with Americans approaching the age of eligibility.
Basic info: Medicare 101
A look at the safety net protecting nearly 50 million senior citizens
- March 4, 2015