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Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program available to individuals who are 65 years of age or older, permanently disabled but less than 65 years of age, and/or suffering from end-stage renal disease. The program is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and provides coverage to more than 50 million individuals across the United States. Original (traditional) Medicare consists of two parts. The first, Medicare Part A, provides hospital insurance and coverage for inpatient hospital care and skilled nursing facility care (exclusive of custodial and long-term care). Part A also provides limited coverage for hospice and home health care. The second part, Medicare Part B, provides participants insurance for medical care not covered by Part A. Medical services eligible for coverage ...

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