How does a public health insurance plan work?

Joane Goodroe

In the United States, Medicare and Medicaid are examples of public insurance plans. For these plans, there are criteria that determine who qualifies to be part of this health insurance. An example is that Medicare is available to all people who are 65 years of age and older and meet some other criteria. There are defined benefits just like with private insurance.

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