What is Medicare Part AMedicare Part A is referred to as Hospital Insurance. Part A is one of the two parts which are consider Original Medicare (Parts A and B). Coverage for Part A includes Inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, certain types of nursing home care and doctor ordered home health services are all under the Medicare Part A coverage umbrella.

In 1965 the president and congress enacted Medicare under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act. Individuals not automatically enrolled in Original Medicare may go directly to the Social Security Website and apply for Medicare benefits. Medicare Part A is the minimum required essential coverage that satisfies state and federal law for health care coverage.

Original Medicare now covers more than 50 million Americans

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