Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the US government (CMS), providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over; to those who are under 65 and are permanently physically disabled or who have a congenital physical disability; or to those who meet other special criteria. The Medicare program also funds residency training programs for the vast majority of physicians in the USA. The Medicare program was established under The Social Security Act of 1965, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965, as amendments to existing Social Security legislation.


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Suggested Resources

  1. Medicare basics—Medicare benefits. Retrieved January 25, 2012 from:
  2. What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? Retrieved January 25, 2012 from

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion, L.L.C.St. LouisUSA

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