A government-administered health care program for people 65 years of age and over, some disabled people under age 65, and people with kidney failure. Medicare includes Part A (generally without charge), which provides coverage for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care. Medicare Part B requires a monthly premium and provides coverage for doctors' services, outpatient hospital care, and certain medical services not included in Part A.
A federal health insurance program, administered by the Social Security Administration, that provides health care for the aged.
A federal program providing medical care for the elderly. Established by a health insurance bill in 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Medicare program made a significant step for social welfare legislation and helped establish the growing population of the elderly as a pressure group. (Seeentitlements.)