Medicare, the nation’s largest health insurance program, was enacted in 1965 as one of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs. Administered by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), Medicare provides health insurance to people age 65 and over and those who have permanent kidney failure and certain people with disabilities.
The official U.S. government site for Medicare information, this website offers basic information about Medicare and Medicare plan choices, information about nursing homes, publications, and more. It also includes a host of invaluable tools for consumers, such as “Medicare Health Plan Compare,” “Medigap Compare,” “Prescription Drug Assistance Programs,” “Nursing Home Compare,” and “Dialysis Facility Compare.” There is also a guide to helpful contacts and a Participating Physician Directory.
“The Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is a national, not-for-profit organization that helps ensure that older adults and people with disabilities get good affordable health care.” Its website includes basic information about Medicare and related programs as well as information about the Center’s assistance services.