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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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Care given to people with long-term illnesses to keep them healthy or slow down their decline.
X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use mammograms to look for early signs of breast cancer.
New Yorkers who have both Medicare and Medicaid and need long-term care services and wish to stay in their home or communities opposed to a facility.
Are provided to private plans or entities when marketing materials or people give you false information about what the plan covers, how much it costs or other examples like being deceptive or misleading.
A Federal government-initiated organization to set up a shopping forum where people and small business owners can compare and buy health insurance plans in each state by federal standards.
An annual limit that is subject to change on how much you have to pay out of pocket each year for Medicare Advantage Plans. Once you reach this amount, you won't have to pay cost-sharing for covered services under Parts A or B for the rest of the year.
When you sign up for Medicare, you will be issued a red, white, and blue card. It includes your name and the dates that Part A (hospital insurance) and/or Part B (medical insurance) of Original Medicare eligibility. It also shows your unique Medicare number, which is a way for the Medicare system to identify you.


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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