Medicare Part A Cost, Eligibility, Benefits & More

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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 Original Medicare and is your hospital insurance. More specifically, it provides inpatient care coverage. This includes care you’ll receive when you’re in a skilled nursing facility (SNF), hospital, and sometimes — at home.

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 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.

The Top 6 benefits of 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

Part A Benefits


Medicare Pays

First 3 pints


Additional amounts



Medicare Pays

First 60 days

All but $1408

61st through 90th day

All but $352 a day

91st day & after (60 Reserve Days)

All but $704 a day

After Reserve (Additional 365 Days)


Beyond the Additional 365 Days



Medicare Pays

First 20 days

All approved amounts

21st through 100th day

All but $176 a day

91st day & after (60 Reserve Days)

All but $704 a day

101st day and after



Medicare Pays

Must meet Medicare’s requirements. Including a doctor’s certification of terminal illness.

All but very limited copayment coinsurance for outpatient drugs and inpatient respite care.

*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.

Medicare Approved Services

Medicare Pays

Medically necessary skilled care & medical supplies


Durable medical equipment

First $198 of Medicare approved amounts.


Durable medical equipment

Remainder of Medicare approved amounts.


When can I enroll in 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?

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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.

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How much is your Medicare Part A premium?

Most people will not have 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 premium is 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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