Medicare Part A

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Medicare Part A

When you begin Original Medicare, you are enrolled into Medicare Part A automatically. Part A is one of the 3 parts of Medicare and is you hospital insurance. 

The following are the Top 6 benefits of Medicare Part A:

  1. Inpatient hospital care
  2. Long-term hospital care
  3. Inpatient rehab
  4. Home health care
  5. Skilled nursing facility care (SNL)
  6. Hospice care

Medicare Part A Eligibility

Not everyone is eligible for Medicare Part A. Your eligibility will be based on one of the following:

  • You must be age 65 or older
  • Eligible to receive Social Security
  • Eligible to receive Railroad Retirement Board Benefits

Medicare Part A Benefits

The following is a breakdown of your Medicare Part A benefits. It shows you what Medicare pays. You are responsible for the remaining costs unless you have a Medicare Supplement plan to cover these expenses.


Skilled Nursing Facility Care*


Hospice Care

  • Services Medicare Pays
*When your Medicare Part A hospital benefits are exhausted, the Medicare Supplement insurer will stand in place of Medicare. Your Medigap plan will pay whatever amount Medicare would pay for up to the 365 days as provided in your policy’s Core Benefits. During this time the hospital is prohibited from billing you for the balance based on any difference between its billed charges and the amount Medicare would have paid.

Parts A and B Benefits

Both Part A and Part B benefits help cover the costs of home health care – Medicare approved services. 

Below is a breakdown of benefits. It shows you what Medicare pays. You are responsible for the remaining costs unless you have a Medicare Supplement plan to cover these expenses.

When can I enroll in Medicare Part A?

When someone receives benefits from Social Security, they are enrolled into Original Medicare automatically. You will not have to apply separately to get Part A. 3 months before you turn age 65, you should receive your Medicare card in the mail. If you qualify for Medicare due to disability, you should get your card on your 25th month of your disability.

What if I’m still working and don’t receive Social Security?

medicare part a

If you don’t receive Social Security benefits at age 65, you’ll have to sign up for your Medicare Part A by visiting the official Medicare website.

If you are not receiving Social Security income benefits (for example, if you are working) when you turn 65, then you will need to actively sign up for Medicare Part A. If you’re needing to apply for your Medicare Part A, you’ll have to visit the Social Security website or call them directly at 800-772-1213.

Medicare Part A Premium

Most people will not have a Medicare Part A premium if they’ve worked for 10 years or 40 quarters. If you have not worked for 40 quarters or 10 years, you can still pay for Part A. 

The reason that most people don’t have a Part A premium us that most people have been paying Medicare taxes throughout their working years. Your taxes were used make up for the costs of Part A when you start Medicare.

Having said that, Medicare will not start paying your hospital costs until you have paid your annual deductible.

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