What Is Medicare Part A Entitlement?



Medicare Part A Entitlement

The Medicare Part A Entitlement is hospital insurance. Part A Entitlement helps pay for an individual’s inpatient stay in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, hospice, and/or home health care (providing specific requirements are met).

The Medicare Part A Entitlement is generally free to individuals who can meet the eligibility requirements. Individuals can also can purchase the Medicare Part A Entitlement from Social Security.

To be eligible for the Medicare Part A Entitlement

• The individual is eligible for Medicare
• The individual has enrolled in Medicare Part A
• Enrollment in Medicare Part A has become effective.

The Medicare Part A Entitlement

One may become entitled to Medicare Part A because of his or her age, disability, or End Stage Renal Disease The Medicare Part A Entitlement is automatic if the individual has already applied to receive monthly retirement benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board. Otherwise, the individual must be file an application to receive Part A benefits

Entitlement Due to Age

An individual is entitled to the Medicare Part A Entitlement if he or she is at least 65 years of age. If a person qualifies for the Part A based on age, the entitlement commences on the first day of the month in which the individual has met all of the requirements.

Entitlement Due to Disability

A person is entitled to the Medicare Part A Entitlement if he or she is under age 65, and has been receiving disability benefits for at least two years and one month.

Entitlement Due to End-Stage Renal Disease

People who have irreversible and permanent kidney disease that requires regular dialysis or a kidney transplant, are entitled to the Medicare Part A Entitlement.

Medicare Part A Entitlement

The Medicare Part A Entitlement helps cover the following:

• Inpatient care in hospital or a skilled nursing facility
• Hospice care services
• Home health care services
• Inpatient care in a Religious Health Care Facility

Medicare Part A Entitlement

The 2008 Part A premium amount for people who buy Part A is up to $423 each month. In most cases, if an individual chooses to buy Part A, he or she must also enroll in Part B and pay the monthly Part B premium. If a person has a limited income, the state may help pay for Part A and/or Part B.
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