At Minnesota Benefit Association, our partners understand health coverage is rarely straightforward, and that’s why we’re here to be your guide. We help individuals and companies understand their health coverage options, so they can make the decisions that best meet their unique needs and goals.
In this blog, we explain what you need to know about enrolling in Medicare Part A, what it covers, and potential costs. And as always, if you have further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team and ask!
Medicare Part A is often referred to as hospital insurance because it provides coverage for inpatient care in hospitals. Part A coverage also extends to the following types of care:
Though Medicare Part A provides coverage for certain types of in-home care, it does not pay for the following types of care:
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To receive health benefits under Medicare Part A, you must meet specific conditions. Generally, you are eligible to enroll in the program if you:
When you first become eligible to enroll in Medicare Part A, you have a 7-month Initial Enrollment Period during which you can sign up. If you will be Medicare eligible at the age of 65, you’ll need to sign up for coverage within the following time frame:
If you do not enroll in Medicare Part A during the 3-month period before you turn 65, your coverage under Medicare Part B will be delayed. And in most cases, if you do not sign up for Part B when you first become eligible, you’ll be required to pay a late enrollment penalty. You’ll continue to pay that penalty as long as you have coverage under Part B.
Generally, you won’t pay a monthly premium for coverage under Medicare Part A as long as you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes for a minimum of 10 years while you were still working. However, if you are not eligible for no-cost Part A, you may still be able to enroll in coverage, you’ll simply need to pay a premium. If you meet the following requirements, you can typically purchase Part A coverage:
It’s also important to note that if you elect to purchase Medicare Part A, in most cases, you must also have Part B, and you’ll pay monthly premiums for both types of coverage. When you use Part A to pay for your inpatient hospital expenses — whether you signed up for free or you pay a monthly premium — you’ll pay a deductible for each benefit period.
Depending on the length of your hospital stay, you may also be required to pay co-insurance. If you exceed the plan’s lifetime reserve days, you’ll be responsible for paying all of your inpatient hospital expenses.
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