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Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 2): Medicare and Medicaid Explained


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As the new Federal deadline for signing up for health insurance fast approaches, many Americans are enrolling for the first time.

Whether you have had health insurance through an employer, through Medicare or are new to health insurance, this eight-part blog series, pulled from our Be a Prepared Patient resources, has information to help you understand how to pay for your care, how to interact with your doctor’s office and what preventive care you might need, much of which is provided free under the Affordable Care Act (visit this page from NPR for more FAQs on the Affordable Care Act).



What are Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare is a federal program available to people older than 65 and some people with disabilities.

Medicaid is administered by the federal government in conjunction with state governments and is available to certain low-income individuals and families who fit into an eligibility group recognized by federal and state law.

If you fit into either of these categories, you may qualify for government-sponsored health care. More resources are available here that explain how these services work, their eligibility requirements and how to get legal aid if you need it.

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March 28, 2014 at 11:48 AM