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Definitions for common health insurance terms

Medicare

DEFINITION:

Medicare is the federal health insurance program created to provide health coverage for Americans aged 65 and older and later expanded to cover younger people who have permanent disabilities or who have been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Learn more about Medicare benefits and eligibility.

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What’s the difference between prescription discount plans and prescription drug insurance?

What’s the difference between…

August 31, 2017 – Q: What’s the difference between prescription discount plans and prescription drug insurance? A: There are two basic and very… Read more

"[Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposal] is about as close to what I could realistically hope would come out of the Hillary/Bernie primary: More ambitious than her original plans but more realistic than his." - Charles Gaba

A healthcare plan that even Bernie…

July 11, 2016 – "[Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposal] is about as close to what I could realistically hope would come out of the Hillary/Bernie primary:… Read more

Do I need special health insurance…

March 30, 2016 – Q: Do I need special health insurance when traveling abroad? A: Most health insurers — including basic Medicare — don’t cover any… Read more

Are Medicare-eligible individuals…

March 26, 2016 – Q: Are Medicare-eligible individuals eligible for coverage within the ACA's health insurance exchanges? A: Many seniors have probably… Read more

Of all the failings in the U.S. healthcare system, among the most outrageous is the balance billing of insured patients at in-network hospitals by out-of-network doctors or other healthcare providers.

Relief from the shock of ‘surprise…

December 4, 2015 – Of all the failings in the U.S. healthcare system, among the most outrageous is the balance billing of insured patients at in-network… Read more