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What is Medicare?

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Although Medicare has been around since 1965, few people would call themselves experts on it. It’s a huge program with a variety of rules and options, and it can get confusing.

From: 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Medicare WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 16, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/16/2019

SOURCES:

Social Security Administration: “History of SSA During the Johnson Administration 1963-1968.”

Medicare.gov.

Tricia Neuman, senior vice president, Kaiser Family Foundation; director, Program on Medicare Policy and Project on Medicare’s Future, Kaiser Family Foundation.

Deborah Chollet, senior fellow, Mathematica Policy Research.

Steve Zuckerman, PhD, co-director and senior fellow, The Urban Institute.

Stacy Sanders, federal policy director, Medicare Rights Center.

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Social Security Administration: “History of SSA During the Johnson Administration 1963-1968.”

Medicare.gov.

Tricia Neuman, senior vice president, Kaiser Family Foundation; director, Program on Medicare Policy and Project on Medicare’s Future, Kaiser Family Foundation.

Deborah Chollet, senior fellow, Mathematica Policy Research.

Steve Zuckerman, PhD, co-director and senior fellow, The Urban Institute.

Stacy Sanders, federal policy director, Medicare Rights Center.

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 16, 2019

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