Welcome to Lawshelf’s video course on Medicare. Most retired Americans are eligible for this government-subsidized health insurance program that is primarily for the benefit of people 65 and older, but many recipients don’t understand the complex set of rules under which it is administered. This course will demystify the Medicare rules for you and can help you understand the system, whether Medicare knowledge is needed for your job or you simply are interested in understanding the system for the benefit of your parents, relatives of selves.

This is an introductory-level course and no prior knowledge of law or healthcare is required. This course breaks things down to the level that should be understandable to anyone.

Original Medicare, passed in the 1960’s as part of the “Great Society,” consisted of insurance for hospitalization and services from doctors or medical professionals. These components of Medicare, Parts A and B, still comprise the heart of Medicare, though their rules have changed in some ways over the intervening decades. Medicare Part C, which was added in the 1990’s, partially privatized Medicare by allowing it to be administered under Medicare Advantage Plans issued by private companies, wherein people could purchase Medicare plans that are tailored to their needs, usually at the cost of slightly higher premiums. Medicare Part D was introduced in 2003 to cover prescription drugs under Medicare, which were not covered under original Medicare.

This course looks at Medicare eligibility, enrollment, timing, coverage, benefits and more. We will look at premiums, co-pays and coinsurance that are the responsibilities of the patients as well. We have designed the course to be as practical as possible so that a small investment of time can equip you with a broad understanding of Medicare and how it works.

We will also cover supplemental insurance and Medigap policies, and the relationship between Medicare and other government programs such as Medicaid and “extra help,” which provide relief for indigent Medicare recipients.

Best of luck and we welcome your feedback.

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A LawShelf video-course is an in-depth series of presentations on a discreet legal topic. LawShelf video-courses focus on practical legal information and applications and are each designed to familiarize the viewer with a legal topic quickly and efficiently.

Who should take a video-course?

Our video courses are designed for professionals such as attorneys, paralegals, corporate officers and financial professionals, as well as laypeople looking to deepen their knowledge of particular areas of law. The courses allow you to acquire the specific knowledge and skills that you need without the expense and time commitment of going “back to school” for a degree. 

How do I learn?

Video courses are divided into 5 or 6 modules.  Each module contains a video lesson (usually about 15 minutes long) and a series of self-test questions that you can use to practice and make sure that you understand the material.

How do I complete a video-course?

To complete a video-course, you must pass a 10-question multiple-choice examination by scoring 70% or higher.  The questions on the exam are randomly selected from the self-test question sets for the various modules. You can retake an exam as many times as you need to, though you will not get the same questions each time since the questions are drawn from an exam bank.

How long will it take me to complete a video-course?

Between watching the modules, doing the self-test practice questions, reviewing the material and taking the final exam, we estimate that completing a video-course requires a time investment of 4-5 hours.  The courses are designed to get straight to the point. We’re cognizant that your time is valuable, and we condense the information you need to know to comprehensively cover a subject into as little time as practical.

Is there limit to how many video-courses I can take or complete?

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Do I receive any recognition for completing a video-course?

Once you complete the course by passing the final exam, you will be awarded a digital badge to display as evidence of your training and accomplishment.

How will a digital badge help me? 

Modern educational trends are moving away from traditional classroom-based course completion models and towards skills-based education. Employers today care more about skills than ever before. LawShelf digital badges conform to the Open Badge standard and are verifiable records of your skills that can easily be shared online.

How long do I retain access to the course materials?

You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.


Medicare Eligibility and Overview-Module 1 of 5 :


Medicare Coverage Choices-Module 2 of 5 :


Medicare Part A: Hospital Insurance-Module 3 of 5 :


Medicare Part B: Medical Insurance-Module 4 of 5 :


Medicare Part D-Prescription Drugs-Module 5 of 5 :


Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.