Below is important information about Medicare to help you understand your coverage.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the Medicare program was instituted with the passing of the Social Security Act of 1965, and it has been providing health insurance to citizens over the age of 65 – and other individuals in special circumstances – ever since.
The movement to establish a health insurance program for individuals over the age of 65 began in 1945 when President Harry S. Truman appealed to Congress for such a law. It took over 20 years for Congress and involved parties to decide whether or not it was a feasible proposition.
Although President Truman gave up his idea of universal coverage by the time his presidency came to an end, leaders considered the idea of providing health care to the beneficiaries of Social Security.
Eventually, the Social Security Act of 1965 was passed. By the early 1970s, the law evolved to include disabled citizens and those with end-stage renal disease regardless of age.
A decade later, Medicare included hospice benefits, but only on a temporary basis. Federal employees, including the President and members of Congress, were then included. By the late 1980s, hospice benefits were permanently integrated into Medicare coverage.
In 1997, Congress announced Medicare+Choice as part of the Balanced Budget Act. The legislation for Medicare+Choice was clarified by the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999. By the turn of the century, the Medicare+Choice legislation was finalized.
Medicare+Choice later became known as today’s Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Advantage plans allowed members to make use of private insurers instead of receiving their benefits only from the government.
Right around your 65th birthday, if you are eligible, you will receive a red, white, and blue Medicare insurance card in the mail. This Medicare insurance card shows whether you have Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, or both, and the date your coverage starts.
It’s important to carry your Medicare insurance card with you, and present it to your doctors and during hospital visits.
If you need to replace your Medicare insurance card or your name and address need to be updated, you can do so by calling your local Social Security office.
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