Part A

Hospital Insurance

  • Inpatient care in a hospital
  • Skilled nursing facility care
  • Inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility
  • Hospice care
  • Home health care

Part A Costs

Premium-free Part A

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 (10 Years or 40 Quarters) .

You can get premium-free Part A at 65 if:

  • You already get retirement benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board.
  • You’re eligible to get Social Security or Railroad benefits but haven’t filed for them yet.
  • You or your spouse had Medicare-covered government employment.

If you’re under 65, you can get premium-free Part A if:

  • You got Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits for 24 months.
  • You have End-Stage Renal Disease (Esrd) and meet certain requirements.


Part A premiums

If you don’t qualify for premium-free Part A, you can buy Part A.

People who buy Part A will pay a premium of either $274 or $499 each month in 2022 depending on how long they or their spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes. If you choose NOT to buy Part A, you can still buy Part B.

Part A Coverage