Office for Aging Services

Medicare provides health insurance for Americans age 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system through the payroll tax. It also provides health insurance to younger people with some disability status as determined by the Social Security Administration, as well as people with end stage renal disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It is funded by payroll tax premiums and surtaxes from beneficiaries, and general revenue.