How much does Part A cost?
If you buy Part A, you'll pay up to $441 each month in 2013. But, most people get premium-free Part A. You can get premium-free Part A at 65 if:
- You already get retirement benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board.
- You're eligible to get Social Security or Railroad benefits but haven't filed for them yet.
- You or your spouse had Medicare-covered government employment.
If you're under 65, you can get premium-free Part A if:
- You got Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits for 24 months.
- You have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and meet certain requirements.
In most cases, if you choose to buy Part A, you must also have Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) and pay monthly premiums for both.
Some people automatically get Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance). Learn how and when you can sign up for Part A.
Contact Social Security for more information about the Part A premium.