What Is Medicare Part A?


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Medicare Part A is a type of insurance coverage offered by the U.S. federal government. Part A is designed to cover services that are considered a medical necessity in regards to treating a patient's illness or chronic medical condition. Consumers have to meet the requirements to sign up for Medicare.

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What Is Medicare Part A?
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Examples of services that may be covered under Medicare Part A include lab work, necessary surgical procedures and doctor's visits. Medicare Part A can also cover nursing home stays, home health services and hospice care. Short term rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility may also be covered under Medicare Part A.

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