Antitrust Law

Asbestos Law

Civil Rights Law

Communications Law

Contract Law

Dispute Resolution

Divorce Law

Education Law

Family Law

Health Law

Immigration Law

Incorporation

Internet Law

Intellectual Property

Landlord Tenant Law

Law Schools

Lawsuit Funding

Lemon Law

Medical Malpractice

Other Law Fields

Personal Injury

Prepaid Legal Services

Structured Settlement

Tax Law

Workers Comp

 

Free Legal Advice

Online Legal Forms

Legal Answers

Legal Definitions

Advertise on LDB


 

 

Medicare and Medicaid

Navigation:  Home > Health Law>Medicare & Medicaid

 

Medicare: Medicare is a federal insurance program for people age 65 and older and certain disabled people. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) operates Medicare. The Medicare program consists of two parts, Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (supplemental medical insurance). Part A covers hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health and hospice care. Part B covers doctors' services, outpatient hospital services, durable medical equipment and a number of other medical services and supplies. Medicare also provides limited coverage for preventive services. Medicare is not provided free of charge. Medicare requires cost sharing in the form of premiums, deductibles and coinsurance.

Medicaid: Medicaid is a program that helps pay for medically necessary medical services for needy and low-income persons. It uses state and federal government money. Medicaid is a major payer for health care services for the low-income families that lack health insurance, elderly people who need help with medical care, disabled elderly people who need long-term care, and non-elderly disabled persons who need acute and long-term care. The cost of state Medicaid programs is divided between the state and the federal governments and the proportions are based on each state’s per capita income relative to the rest of the nation.

A person may qualify and receive coverage from both Medicare and Medicaid, but there are separate eligibility requirements for each program and being eligible for one program does not necessarily mean being eligible for the other.

Sponsored Ads

Find a Lawyer

Sponsored Links

Your Ad Here