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FACT SHEET - Fundamental Issues Facing Social Security and Medicare –
source:United States - Department of The Treasury
file size: 4 pgs; languages: English
from the brochure: (date:2005) "...The long-term funding challenges facing Social Security and Medicare are the result of a fundamental shift in the demographics of the U.S. population which results in fewer workers supporting our nation’s retirees..."
Medicare Program - General Information Overview
source:Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
from the web page: "...Part A Hospital Insurance - Most people don't pay a premium for Part A because they or a spouse already paid for it through their payroll taxes while working. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (not custodial or long-term care). It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. Beneficiaries must meet certain conditions to get these benefits... "