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Definition of Medicare

The Federal Government offers Medicare, which is health insurance, to individuals who are 65 years or older or who are under 65 but who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Claimants who receive SSDI benefits will receive Medicare 24 months from the date of their disability. Many claimants ask why they must wait 24 months for benefits and the general consensus is that this requirement was put into place to lower costs and is unlikely to be changed.

If you have questions about your Medicare coverage you can contact the SSA for more information. Medicare consists of four parts: Medicare Part A (hospital insurance), Medicare Part B (medical insurance for doctor's services, outpatient care, home health care and even some medical equipment), Medicare Part C (medical advantage programs) and Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage).

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