Medicare Part A beneficiaries receive coverage for hospital expenses critical for inpatient care. These include a semi-private room, nursing services, meals, the medications required during inpatient treatment, and other related services and supplies from the hospital.
Part A insurance does not cover a private hospital room, private-duty nursing, or personal care item expenses such as shampoo, telephone, and television. It also does not cover the cost of blood unless the hospital receives blood from a blood bank without a charge. For hospitals purchasing the blood, the cost of the first three units is the beneficiary’s responsibility.
The Costs Associated With Part A:
Part A Also Has Critical Inpatient Care Provided Through:
Medicare Part A Enrollment:
Automatic enrollment in Part A Medicare insurance happens during the month of a person’s 65 birthday if they have paid their Medicare taxes for at least ten years. If a person qualifies for Medicare insurance because of a disability before age 65, then enrollment is automatic for Medicare Part A when that person is considered Medicare eligible. Medicare Part A benefits start on the first day of the month during the month of turning 65. FYI – If a birthday falls on the first day of the month, the benefits will begin the first of the month, the month before turning 65.
Suppose a person is not eligible for automatic enrollment and wants Medicare Part A when they turn 65. In that case, they must apply to enroll in Medicare Part A. FYI – People wanting Medicare Part A who have not paid their Medicare taxes for ten years will have a Part A monthly premium.
CMS’s Initial Enrollment Period Has A Seven-Month Enrollment Timeline: (Center of Medicare Medicaid Services)
Ways To Enroll In Medicare Part A: