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Medicare Part A

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (not custodial or long-term care). It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. Certain conditions must be met to get these benefits.

Cost: Most people don’t have to pay a monthly payment, called a premium, for Part A. This is because they or a spouse paid Medicare taxes while working. If a beneficiary doesn't get premium-free Part A, they may be able to buy it if they (or their spouse) aren’t entitled to Social Security, because they didn’t work or didn’t pay enough Medicare taxes while
working, are age 65 or older, or are disabled but no longer get free Part A because they returned to work.

If they have limited income and resources, their state may help them pay for Part A (see page 60). For more information, they can visit on the web or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778.