You usually don't pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) coverage if you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes for a certain amount of time while working. This is sometimes called "premium-free Part A."
Most people get premium-free Part A.
You can get premium-free Part A at 65 if:
If you're under 65, you can get premium-free Part A if:
If you don't qualify for premium-free Part A, you can buy Part A.
People who buy Part A will pay a premium of either $259 or $471 each month in 2021 depending on how long they or their spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes. If you choose NOT to buy Part A, you can still buy Part B.
In most cases, if you choose to buy Part A, you must also:
Contact Social Security for more information about the Part A premium.
Some people have to buy Part A because they don't qualify for premium-free Part A. If you have to buy Part A, and you don't buy it when you're first eligible for Medicare, your monthly premium may go up 10%. You'll have to pay the higher premium for twice the number of years you didn't sign up.