Medicare is a Health Insurance Program for:
Most people get Part A automatically when they turn age 65. They do not have to pay a monthly payment, called a premium, for Part A because they or a spouse paid Medicare taxes while they were working. If you (or your spouse) did not pay Medicare taxes while you worked and you are age 65 or older, you still may be able to buy Part A. If you are not sure you have Part A, look on your red, white, and blue Medicare card. It will show "Hospital Part A" on the lower left corner of the card.
Enrolling in Part B is your choice. You can sign up for Part B any time during a 7-month period that begins 3 months before you turn 65, or when you become Medicare eligible. Call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or visit or call your local Social Security office to sign up. If you choose to have Part B, you pay the Medicare Part B premium of $96.40 per month.
If you don't enroll in Medicare Part B when you are first eligible or after you drop employer coverage, you may have to pay a higher monthly premium for Medicare Part B. You will have to pay this extra amount as long as you have Medicare Part B. There are three times when you can enroll in Medicare Part B.
These are called your:
Part A is hospital insurance. It helps pay for care in hospitals as an inpatient, critical access hospitals (small facilities that give limited outpatient and inpatient services to people in rural areas), skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care.
Part B is medical insurance. It helps pay for doctors' services, outpatient hospital care, and some other medical services that Part A does not cover, such as the services of physical and occupational therapists, and some home health care. Part B helps pay for these covered services and supplies when they are medically necessary.H3957_H3916_S5593_12_0823 CMS Approved This page last updated 1/18/2013
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