Medicare is the federal government’s principal health care insurance program for people 65 years of age and over. Medicare is an entitlement program, meaning it is not based on financial need. For the most part, Medicare pays only for “acute” care. In other words, the program does not pay for most preventive care or unskilled care to treat chronic conditions in nursing homes. Your Medicare benefit does provide payment for both Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care. We are able to help you understand these benefits and help you assure that you or your loved one receives their entitlement to these benefits.