Medicare: A Primer
Publication Date: December 2008
Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Keywords: Medicare; coverage; costs
Coverage: United States
This primer explains key elements of the Medicare program, which now provides health coverage to 45 million people -- including nearly 38 million people age 65 and older and another seven million younger adults with permanent disabilities. It looks at the characteristics of the Medicare population, what benefits are covered, how much people with Medicare pay for their benefits and the program’s overall costs and future financing challenges.