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Medicare Part A

What is Medicare Part A?

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Inpatient care is medical treatment administered to a patient whose condition requires treatment in a hospital or other health care facility, and the patient is formally admitted to the facility by a doctor.

Medicare Part A ‘hospital insurance’ – coverage of inpatient care

Medicare Part A ‘hospital insurance’ – coverage of inpatient care

Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) pays for a range of inpatient care in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and critical-access hospitals. Part A also covers some home healthcare and hospice services.

Does Medicare cover hospice care?

Does Medicare cover hospice care?

Q: Does Medicare cover hospice care? A: Hospice programs­­ provide care and support people who are terminally ill. Their focus is on comfort, or "palliative" care, not on curing an illness, and Medicare covers most of the cost of this care.

What is Medicare Part A?

Medicare Part A or “hospital insurance”  covers inpatient care, including inpatient hospital stays (of at least one night), skilled nursing facility stays (if they meet criteria), some home health care and hospice care. Find out how to enroll and what Medicare Part A costs.

Note that Medicare does not cover custodial care (ie, help with activities of daily living) in a nursing home or at home.

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