Medicare Part A, which is free for most people, covers the cost of stays in the hospital, skilled nursing facilities, and post-acute care rehabilitation facilities. It also covers the cost of home health care and hospice services. But despite its broad reach, Medicare does not pay for many types of medical services, and it pays only a portion of most services it does cover.
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) Coverage
Medicare Part A will pay for most of the costs of your hospital stay, after you pay the Part A deductible.
Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Stays
A growing number of patients recovering from surgery or a major illness are referred by their doctors to skilled nursing facilities.
Medicare Coverage of Home Health Care
Progressive health care professionals often encourage people to get out of hospitals and nursing facilities and into their own or family members’ homes while recovering from injury or illness.
Medicare Coverage of Inpatient Rehabilitation Stays
Medicare Part A covers most of the cost of care when you stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility (sometimes called a rehabilitation hospital).
How to Appeal Your Original Medicare Part A or Part B Denial
If you are denied Medicare coverage or payment for a hospital stay or doctor's visit, here's how to appeal.
How to File a Fast Medicare Appeal of Your Hospital's Discharge Order
If you think your hospital discharge is too early, file a fast appeal with Medicare.
Expedited Medicare Part A Appeal of a Discharge Order From a Facility Other Than a Hospital
If you think your Medicare-covered stay in a skilled nursing facility or your services from a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility, a home health agency, or a hospice agency is ending too soon, you have the right to request an expedited, or “fast,” appeal if you disagree with the decision.
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