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Medicare Fast Facts

Fast Facts About Medicare.


Top 10 Reasons Americans Love Medicare

A list of the top 10 reasons Medicare is loved by Americans. 

Q & A About Medicare Part B

The Part B premium is the monthly amount paid by individuals for health coverage in Medicare Part B - a voluntary program that covers physician services, hospital outpatient care, durable medical equipment and other services including some home health care. The vast majority (about 93 percent) of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Part B. Most individuals have the premium for their Part B coverage deducted from their Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or Federal government retirement checks.


Extra Help with Part D

Are you one of 2 million Medicare beneficiaries missing out on Extra Help with prescription drug plan costs?

Q & A Medicare Part D

Since 2006, a privatized Medicare prescription drug program has been offered to seniors. The Part D program provides drug coverage through numerous private insurance companies, and it seeks to control prices through competition between the plans.


Closing the Donut Hole

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes important improvements to Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) such as reducing expenses for seniors in the donut hole now and eliminating the gap altogether by 2020. Seniors receive additional savings each year on their prescription drugs until the donut hole is closed. The ACA also provides additional assistance for low-income beneficiaries. Since passage of the ACA in 2010, more than 9.4 million people with Medicare have saved over $15billion on prescription drugs.


African Americans and Medicare

African Americans, who make up the third largest racial/ethnic group in the United States, are likely to have more chronic or serious health conditions than White Americans yet face several barriers in accessing health care coverage.  The guaranteed health coverage offered by Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is, therefore, especially important to the African American community which has a huge stake in protecting, improving and strengthening these programs.

Hispanic Americans and Medicare

Hispanic Americans, the largest and fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, are likely to have higher risk for certain chronic or serious health conditions, such as diabetes, than White Americans, yet face several barriers in accessing health care coverage.  Therefore, the guaranteed health coverage offered by Medicare and Medicaid is especially important to the Hispanic community, which has a huge stake in protecting, improving and strengthening Medicare and Medicaid.


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