What is Medicare Part A?

Medicare Part A is part of Original Medicare - it covers hospitalization. Most people are immediately eligible for Original Medicare upon turning 65.


Medicare Part A Coverage

In general circumstances, Medicare Part A coverage includes:

  • Inpatient hospital care
  • Skilled nursing facility care
  • Nursing home care (under certain limited conditions)
  • Hospice
  • Limited home health services

These benefits are situational.


Home Health Care Benefits

Medicare Part A will cover home health services if you are eligible. Before receiving these services, you must be under the care of a doctor and receiving these services under a plan of care established and reviewed by a doctor.

These services may include:

  • Skilled nursing care (part-time or intermittent)
  • Home health aide services
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech-language pathology services

And more, when ordered by your doctor.


The Costs

Normally there is no charge for the Part A premium, but you still need to take steps to enroll in most cases.

If you want more information on your Part A premium or automatic enrollment, head to Medicare.gov.


Medicare Eligibility

For many, qualifying for Medicare simply means turning 65. But there are other eligibility requirements you should be aware of. Discover if you're eligible here.

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