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Please note that the definitions included in this Glossary reflect the manner in which these terms are used on Medicare in general.

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When your doctor orders various blood tests, urinalysis, tests on tissue samples, and other screening tests to help prevent or diagnosis an illness or condition.
Communication issues and speech abnormalities are evaluated and treated in speech therapy. Medicare Part B helps pay for medically necessary outpatient speech-language therapy treatment from your provider.
Generally speaking, a group health plan that covers staff members of an employer with 51 or more workers. Large groups are classified as 101 or more in some states.
The penalty is applicable to individuals that were eligible to elect Medicare coverage when first eligible but did not and did not have other creditable coverage. The enrollment penalties vary depending on the type of Medicare coverage you did not have. For more info, please click HERE.
When you have been admitted to the hospital for more than 90 consecutive days, Medicare will pay for 60 more reserve days, but you'll have to pay a coinsurance fee for each day. You can only use these 60 days coverage once in your life, but they don't have to be used for the same hospital stay.


This glossary explains terms in the Medicare program, but it isn't a legal document. The official Medicare program provisions are found in the relevant laws, regulations, and rulings.

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