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Part A is hospital coverage. It covers care you receive while an inpatient in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

In general, Part A covers:

  • Inpatient care in a hospital

  • Skilled nursing facility care

  • Inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility (not custodial or long-term care)

  • Hospice care

  • Home health care


What Does Medicare Part A Cover?

Medicare Part A covers the hospital charges and most of the services you receive when you’re in the hospital. But it doesn’t cover the fees charged by doctors who participate in your care while you’re in the hospital. Medicare Part B helps pay those costs.


What Does Medicare Part A Cost?


You usually don't pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) coverage if you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes for a certain amount of time while working. This is sometimes called "premium-free Part A."​

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