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What is Medicare Part A ?

Basic things that Part A covers:

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  • Inpatient care in a hospital 

    • You’re admitted to the hospital as an inpatient after an official doctor’s order, which says you need inpatient hospital care to treat your illness or injury.

    • The hospital accepts Medicare.

  • Skilled nursing facility care

    • You have Part A and have days left in your benefit period to use.

    • You have a qualifying hospital stay 

    • You have Part A and have days left in your benefit period to use.

    • You have a qualifying hospital stay . 

    • You need these skilled services for a medical condition that’s either:

    • A hospital-related medical condition treated during your qualifying 3-day inpatient hospital stay, even if it wasn't the reason you were admitted to the hospital. 

    • A condition that started while you were getting care in the SNF for a hospital-related medical condition (for example, if you develop an infection that requires IV antibiotics while you're getting SNF care)

  • Nursing home care (inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility that’s not custodial or long-term care)

    • ​Custodial care helps you with activities of daily living (like bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, and eating)

    • personal needs that could be done safely and reasonably without professional skills or training

    • It must be medically necessary for you to have skilled nursing care (like changing sterile dressings).

    • Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) may cover care in a certified skilled nursing facility (SNF).

  • Hospice care

    • ​Your hospice doctor and your regular doctor (if you have one) certify that you’re terminally ill (with a life expectancy of 6 months or less).

    • You accept palliative care (for comfort) instead of care to cure your illness.

    • You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered benefits to treat your terminal illness and related conditions.

    • You pay nothing for hospice care.

  • Home health care

    • Part-time or "intermittent" skilled nursing care

    • Physical therapy

    • Occupational therapy

    • Speech-language pathology services

    • Medical social services

    • Part-time or intermittent home health aide services (personal hands-on care)

    • Injectible osteoporosis drugs for women

Part B

What is Medicare Part B ?

Basic things that Part A covers:

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  • Medically necessary services: Services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice.

  • Preventive services: Health care to prevent illness (like the flu) or detect it at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to work best.

  • Clinical research  

    • ​Test how well different types of medical care work and if they’re safe, like how well a cancer drug works

    • Clinical research studies may involve diagnostic tests, surgical treatments, medicine, or new types of patient care

    • Study how well new treatments and tests benefit patients

    • Compare different treatments for the same condition to see which treatment is better

    • Study new ways to use existing treatments

  • Ambulance services

    • ​Covers ground ambulance transportation when you need to be transported to a hospital, critical access hospital, or skilled nursing facility for medically necessary services, and transportation in any other vehicle could endanger your health

    • Medicare may pay for emergency ambulance transportation in an airplane or helicopter to a hospital if you need immediate and rapid ambulance transportation that ground transportation can’t provide

    • In some cases, Medicare may pay for limited, medically necessary, non-emergency ambulance transportation if you have a written order from your doctor stating that ambulance transportation is medically necessary

    • You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies. 

  • Durable medical equipment (DME)

    • Blood sugar monitors

    • Blood sugar test strips

    • Canes 

    • Commode chairs

    • Continuous passive motion devices 

    • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices

    • Crutches

    • Hospital beds

    • Infusion pumps & supplies

    • Lancet devices & lancets

    • Nebulizers & nebulizer medications

    • Oxygen equipment & accessories

    • Patient lifts 

    • Pressure-reducing support surfaces

    • Suction pumps

    • Traction equipment

    • Walkers

    • Wheelchairs & scooters 

  • Mental health

    • Inpatient

      • ​Mental health care services help with conditions like depression and anxiety.

    • Outpatient

      • ​One depression screening per year. The screening must be done in a primary care doctor’s office or primary care clinic that can provide follow-up treatment and referrals.

      • Individual and group psychotherapy with doctors or certain other licensed professionals allowed by the state where you get the services.

      • Family counseling, if the main purpose is to help with your treatment.

      • Testing to find out if you’re getting the services you need and if your current treatment is helping you.

      • Psychiatric evaluation.

      • Medication management.

      • Certain prescription drugs that aren’t usually “self administered” (drugs you would normally take on your own), like some injections.

      • Diagnostic tests.

      • Partial hospitalization.

      • A one-time “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit. This visit includes a review of your possible risk factors for depression.

      • A yearly “Wellness” visit. Talk to your doctor or other health care provider about changes in your mental health. They can evaluate your changes year to year.


    • Partial hospitalization

      • ​Provides a structured program of outpatient psychiatric services as an alternative to inpatient psychiatric care. 

      • It’s more intense than care you get in a doctor’s or therapist’s office.

      • This treatment is provided during the day and doesn’t require an overnight stay

      • Medicare helps cover partial hospitalization services when they’re provided through a hospital outpatient department or community mental health center

  • Limited outpatient prescription drugs

    • ​Covers a limited number of outpatient prescription drugs under limited conditions.

    • Drugs covered under Part B are drugs you wouldn't usually give to yourself, like those you get at a doctor's office or hospital outpatient setting.

What Part A & B Don't Cover

What Part A & Part B Do Not Cover

What is not covered by 

Part A & B

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Medicare doesn't cover everything. Some of the items and services Medicare doesn't cover include:

  • Cosmetic surgery  

  • Acupuncture  

  • Hearing aids and exams for fitting them

  • Routine foot care

  • Long-term care (also called custodial care )

  • Most dental care

  • Eye exams related to prescribing glasses

  • Dentures

Part A & B Info Videos

Still need more information about Part A & Part B Medicare Coverage? Here is a compilation of videos for you to view to understand Part A & Part B along with other Medicare info videos

Other Resources

Part A & Part B Info Videos

Part A & Part B Info Videos

Part A & Part B Info Videos
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Medicare Part A and Part B Late Enrollment Penalties

Medicare Part A and Part B Late Enrollment Penalties

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Important Medicare Timelines and Dates

Important Medicare Timelines and Dates

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Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services

Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services

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How To: Enrolling in Medicare

How To: Enrolling in Medicare

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Medicare Videos

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Part C

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Part D

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