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Printed Date: 9/22/2015
Until 1980, the Medicare program was the primary payer in all cases except those involving Workers' Compensation (including Black Lung) benefits. Medicare was also precluded from making payment for services that were paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs or other governmental entities. Since 1980, a series of changes in the Medicare laws have resulted in Medicare also being the secondary payer for individuals:
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CMS Regulation Reference: Publication 100-05
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