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Millions of seniors and patients with disabilities rely on Medicare for access to needed treatments. We must protect this important program from unnecessary changes that would threaten the program’s longevity and the beneficiaries who rely on it.

What is Medicare?

Created in 1965, Medicare is a federal health insurance program for Americans 65 and older or those living with disabilities.

The Medicare program is comprised of four different parts, known by the letters A, B, C, and D. Parts A and B make up the original Medicare program and provide direct government coverage of hospital and medical care respectively. Parts C and Part D were implemented later and cover additional services through private insurance coverage. Part C — also known as Medicare Advantage — covers Parts A, B and may include prescription medications or other benefits. Part D is also administered by private insurance plans and provides coverage of prescription medications; Part D is used in conjunction with Parts A and B.

Learn about the specific programs that can help maintain patient access to medications and treatments by visiting the tabs on the left.

If you are or soon will be eligible for Medicare, visit our Beneficiary Resources page for information on how to enroll and choose the coverage options that are right for you.

Why Medicare Matters

Medicare serves older Americans as they age and people with disabilities. Ensuring continued access to affordable care is crucial to their health and well-being. For these reasons, it is critical that we safeguard the program from unnecessary and harmful intervention and preserve it for future generations.

Medicare is a vital program that serves seniors and Americans with disabilities and must be protected. For updates on how you can get involved, sign up for Medicare Today emails.