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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Social Security and Medicare Law (ELD-401)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various, distance learning format.

December 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: explain the importance of Social Security to the United States; discuss the retirement benefits program provided by Social Security; describe how Social Security provides financial benefits to those who are unable to work due to a physical injury or mental disability; list and explain the benefits available to the family members of social security beneficiaries; discuss the process of appealing a Social Security Administration decision on benefits and describe the four levels of appeal available to applicants; determine whether someone is eligible for Medicare; describe the four parts of Medicare coverage; differentiate among the variety of plans in which a Medicare recipient may enroll and what coverage each plan provides for services and medications; and determine the costs of services covered under Medicare Parts A, B and D.


This course provides a comprehensive overview of social security and Medicare. It focuses on how social security and Medicare taxes are collected and on the retirement and disability benefits provided. The course also discusses benefits for family members and how and when adverse social security findings can be challenged or appealed. The Medicare section of the course defines Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, explains the roles of each, and discusses the rules that apply to each Part. The course also discusses the different types of Medicare plans available and the coverage for services each provides.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, Financial Planning, Legal Studies, or Human Resources (6/21).