Insurance can be costly, and trying to figure out all of the health-care options available to you can be exhausting and frustrating. Whether you are new to Medicare or simply interested in staying well informed, the following information will provide insight into the basics of this federal health insurance program.

Medicare is a government-funded health insurance program that provides medical coverage for people with disabilities, those over the age of 65, or those with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This health insurance can be used as primary insurance or as supplemental “back-up” coverage.