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Transcript: "Who Is Eligible for Medicare?"

Announcer: The Newman family is sitting around the family computer. They are the father, Dan, 65 years old, his wife Jean, their son Mark, and daughter-in-law Beth. They are planning a cruise to celebrate Dan's 65th birthday. Dan recently became entitled to Medicare. He and his family are discussing the Medicare program and some resources on the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov to help Dan understand his Medicare options.

Dan: That does it, we're going to Alaska. We're going to see the whales and icebergs. If I could just get this leg feeling better.

Mark: Dad your leg still bothering you? I thought you went to the doctor last week?

Jean: Oh you know your father, he always puts off taking care of himself. He's on Medicare now, so I've been nagging him to make an appointment with Dr. Wellsey to see why his leg's still bothering him.

Mark: How does Medicare work?

Dan: It's health insurance for folks like me.

Beth: That's right. I've been reading up on it, and it says here that Medicare is for people age 65 and over, and there are two others groups who qualify for Medicare. Some people under 65 who are disabled and people of any age who have kidney failure.

Announcer: Yes, Beth is correct. Medicare is a health insurance program for: people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).

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