Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

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In 2003, Congress amended the federal Medicare Act, confirming that when a personal injury plaintiff receives Medicare benefits for treatment of his or her injuries, Medicare’s right to recover those payments trumps everybody else’s rights. Thus, under the amendments, Medicare can get its money from either the plaintiff or the settling defendants, even when those defendants have already paid the plaintiff.

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