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Medicare is the national health insurance program to which all Social Security recipients who are either over 65 years of age or permanently disabled are entitled. In addition, individuals receiving railroad retirement benefits and individuals suffering from end stage renal disease are eligible to receive Medicare benefits.

Medicare can be confusing, even for people who are familiar with our nation's health care system. The Center's Medicare Info section has the information you need to make informed decisions.

Use the menu items below or to the right for detailed information by category.

If you are new to the world of Medicare, and need some basic information to get started, learn more using the Center's Medicare Basics section. There you will find an overview of the program, statistics, and information about premiums, deductibles, qualifications and enrollment.

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