Traditional Medicare is another name for Medicare Parts A and B. Most people are automatically enrolled in Parts A and B and receive their benefit cards 3 months before their 65th birthday. You’ll be automatically enrolled if you’re already receiving Social Security retirement benefits when you turn 65.1
If you’re not automatically enrolled and want to apply, there is a seven month window to join: three months before your 65th birthday, the month of your 65th birthday, and three months after your 65th birthday. If you miss that window, there is “General Enrollment” every year between January 1 and March 31.1
Below we’ll break down the differences between Medicare Part A and Part B.
Medicare Part A: Costs and Benefits
Part A usually requires no premium payments, though there are some deductibles and coinsurances associated with coverage (more on these costs below). Part A covers hospitalization, or inpatient care. This includes hospital care, nursing facility care, nursing home care, hospice, and home health services.2
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