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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.

 

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.

 


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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