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Medicare Program

Medicare Program

Medicare is a federal health insurance program created in 1965 to help pay medical costs incurred by people over the age of 65, people with certain disabilities, and people with end-stage renal disease. Coverage consisted of two parts: Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance).

You'll be automatically enrolled in Medicare when you turn 65 if you're already receiving Social Security benefits, or when you apply for Social Security benefits at age 65. 

Mailing address

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850


 Medicare and You 2017


The official government booklet tells you:

Summary of Medicare benefits, coverage decisions, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare.


Medicare & You 2017 Guide

Medicare & You Guide

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