CMS press toolkit


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency and branch of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, administers Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program in partnership with state governments, and private health insurance programs including Health Insurance Marketplaces, and provides information for health professionals, regional governments, and consumers.  Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year. Medicare and Medicaid together provide health care insurance for over 100 million Americans. To provide these services, CMS has staff located in Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.; and 10 Regional Offices.

More about CMS – Information on CMS leadership, consortia, regional offices, and brand identity
CMS Fast Facts – Quick summary information reference for CMS’ health expenditures and programs
National Health Expenditure Data – Historical, projected, and state health care spending
CMS Regional Offices Map – map showing 10 regional offices


The Medicare program, established by Congress in 1965, provides health insurance for people over the age of 65, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). There are four parts of Medicare: Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance), Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance), Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage), and Medicare Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage). - Opens in a new window  – The official site for Medicare
Medicare & You Handbook - Opens in a new window – The official Medicare Handbook used to answer questions about Medicare benefits, coverage options, and more.
Medicare FAQs - Opens in a new window – Top Medicare questions and answers

Medicaid and CHIP

The Medicaid program, established by Congress in 1965, provides health coverage for certain people and families who have limited income and resources. Each state operates a Medicaid program that provides health coverage for lower-income people, certain families and children, and people with certain disabilities.  In 1997, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was established by Congress and provides access to low cost health insurance coverage to children in families who earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to buy private health insurance. The programs are jointly administered and funded by CMS and state governments. - Opens in a new window – The official site for Medicaid
Medicaid Federal Policy Guidance - Listing of State Medicaid Director and State Health Official letters, informational bulletins, and regulations - Opens in a new window  – Provides information about Medicaid and CHIP services for families who need health insurance coverage
Medicaid State Resource Center - Opens in a new window – Information on Medicaid State Technical Assistance Teams, Events and Announcements, and Frequently Asked Questions Medicaid Coverage – Information about Medicaid coverage expansion in 2014



The Marketplace in each state will help consumers find insurance coverage that fits their needs by offering personalized help, ensuring quality, and increasing transparency. In 2014, Health Insurance Marketplaces will provide individuals, families, and small businesses with a new way to buy health insurance.  With one application, consumers can find out if they qualify for health plans in the marketplace, and other programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), tax credits, and cost-sharing reductions.  Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1, 2013. - Opens in a new window -   The official site for Marketplaces
Marketplace - Opens in a new window – Offers latest resources to apply, enroll, and get coverage in 2014
State-Run Marketplaces - Opens in a new window – List of state-run marketplaces
Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) - The official site for CCIIO


Affordable Care Act - Additional Resources

The Health Care Law & You - Opens in a new window – Provides full text of law and key features of the law
Timeline - Opens in a new window – Interactive timeline