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A Brief Explanation Of Medicare For Residents Of Georgia

Columbus Georgia Hospital
St. Francis Hospital
2122 Manchester Expy
Columbus, GA 31904
Plus Code: G24Q+7P Columbus, Georgia

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are in charge of managing the federal health insurance program known as Medicare. While there are a few minor variations from state to state, Medicare is largely the same across the country, thus the coverage received by residents of Georgia will be quite similar to Medicare coverage across the country.

Medicare Is Open To Two Categories Of People

  • Those 65 and older who are citizens of the United States or who have lived there lawfully for five consecutive years or more.
  • Those under 65 who have certain qualifying illnesses or disabilities.

  • Medicare Part A

    Medicare Part A covers hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care, hospice, and some home health care. Inpatient medically necessary services and equipment (nursing, semi-private room, prescription medicines, etc.) are generally covered. Hospice care is covered for those with six months or less to live. Services include doctor/nursing, hospice aide, physical/occupational therapy, prescription medicines, and caregiver respite.
    Part A doesn't cover nursing home care. Coverage only applies to establishments when eating and bathing aren't the sole services provided.


    If you paid Medicare taxes for at least ten years while working, you are automatically enrolled in free Part A coverage at the age of 65. (40 quarters). If your spouse is eligible for Part A coverage without paying a premium, you may be eligible as well.
    You may also be eligible for free benefits if you or your spouse receive or are eligible for Social Security or Railroad Retirement payments. This benefit is provided even if the person requesting coverage's spouse is deceased or divorced. If you do not meet the work criteria, you can still enroll in Part A, but you must pay a monthly premium.

    If you are under the age of 65, you may be eligible for Medicare Part A coverage if you meet the following criteria:

    You have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or permanent kidney failure that necessitates ongoing dialysis or a transplant.
    You receive disability benefits because you have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease).
    You are the child or widow(er) of someone who worked in a government job long enough to pay Medicare taxes and you meet Social Security disability program requirements
    After receiving either of these disability benefits for a total of 24 months, you are automatically enrolled in Parts A and B. These months do not have to be in any particular order.


    In Georgia, if you already get Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits, you'll usually obtain Part A and Part B coverage on your 65th birthday. If you're under 65 and handicapped, you get Part A and Part B after 24 months of Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits.

    In all circumstances, you'll get a Welcome to Medicare packet including your card and information about Medicare. If you don't satisfy these standards, you can enroll in Medicare during your IEP (IEP). IEP is the 7-month period starting 3 months before your 65th birthday and ending 3 months after.

    After your IEP finishes, you can enroll in Parts A and B during a Special Enrollment Period. You can also enroll during the Medicare General Enrollment Period (January 1 to March 31), but you may pay more and have your coverage delayed.


    If you are eligible, Medicare Part A coverage is provided at no cost to you, with the exception of hospital deductibles. Those who do not meet the criteria for no-cost Part A coverage may nonetheless enroll and pay a premium under the following conditions:

    You are at least 65 years old.
    You have or are in the process of obtaining Medicare Part B coverage.
    You are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

    In order to qualify for Social Security benefits, you need to earn at least 40 credits, and the premium you pay will change based on how close you are to that threshold.

    If you sign up for and pay for Medicare Part A, you will almost always have to sign up for and pay for Medicare Part B as well.

    Upcoming Article: Understanding Medicare Part B, C, and D.

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