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What are the different types of public health insurance?

There are two main types of public insurance: Medicare and Medicaid.

Medicaid is a state-run program designed for people who are unable to pay for private insurance. It is only available to low-income families. Covered services vary from state to state.

Medicare is health insurance the federal government provides to people who are 65 years of age or older. It can also cover people with certain health problems such as those that need dialysis or transplant. Medicare has four parts:

  • Part A helps cover stays at hospitals and nursing facilities.
  • Part B helps pay for doctors' visits and certain outpatient care.
  • Part C allows people to get coverage through private health plans.
  • Part D covers some prescription medicine costs.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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