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Part A - Premium, Deductible and Copays

Medicare out-of-pocket costs generally include premiums, deductibles and copays/coinsurance for covered services. For Part A, these costs are outlined below.

Part A - Premium, Deductible and Copays

PART A (Hospital Insurance) – Premium, Deductible and Copays (during 2020)

You may qualify for premium-free Part A coverage (most people do) if you or your spouse has paid Medicare taxes, while employed, for at least 40 quarters. Otherwise, you will have to pay up to $458 as monthly premium for Part A services, based on the number of quarters during which you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes.

You may also be assessed penalties for delayed enrollment in Part A. Ensure that you enroll in time or have equivalent coverage from other sources, e.g. a group health insurance plan, enabling you to ‘defer' Part A until the time you lose the equivalent coverage.

The table below summarizes Part A out-of-pocket costs for care at various types of facilities.



Your Costs (during 2020)




Inpatient care at a hospital

  • $1,408 deductible per ‘benefit period’
  • $0 copay for days 1-60 for each benefit period
  • $352 copay per day for days 61-90 during each benefit period
  • $704 copay per day for ‘lifetime reserve days’ beyond day 90
  • All costs after you have used up ‘lifetime reserve days’ (currently limited to 60 such days)




Skilled nursing facility (SNF)

  • $0 for the first 20 days each ‘benefit period’
  • $176 per day for days 21-100 each ‘benefit period’
  • All costs after 100 days




Home health care




  • $0 for home health care services (fully covered by Medicare)
  • 20% of the Medicare approved amount as coinsurance for medical equipment





Hospice care

  • You generally pay very little for hospice care
  • Copayment of up to $5 per prescription for outpatient prescription drugs for pain and symptom management
  • 5% of Medicare approved amount for inpatient respite care as coinsurance




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Last Updated: 11-17-2019