Medicare, also called original Medicare or traditional Medicare

Medicare is a government program administered by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It offers health insurance if you're 65 or older and receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits. If you're younger than 65, you may be able to get Medicare if you have kidney failure, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or are disabled.

Traditional Medicare includes Parts A and B. Most people get Part A for free, but if you do not qualify for Social Security or RRB benefits, you  may have to pay for Part A. Everyone has to pay each month for Part B.

See Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B to learn more.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on June 21, 2021
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