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The original Medicare program was designed to provide health benefits for America’s senior citizens and contained two parts, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. Medicare Part A was specifically designed to cover hospital expenses.
Part A will also cover brief stays in a skilled nursing home for convalescence, provided that the following criteria are met:
Medicare Part A’s coverage of nursing homes is not all-inclusive; there are guidelines to the coverage that are important to understand to avoid costly charges. Part A will cover up to 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, but there are out-of-pocket costs for patients. 2017 coverage amounts are listed below:
Medicare covers services (like lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits) and supplies (like wheelchairs and walkers) considered medically necessary to treat a disease or condition.
If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare plan, you may have different rules, but your plan must give you at least the same coverage as Original Medicare. Some services may only be covered in certain settings or for patients with certain conditions.