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Most people automatically get Part A coverage without having to pay a monthly payment, called a Premium
. This is because they or a spouse paid Medicare taxes while working.
If you don't automatically get premium-free Part A, you may be able to buy it if
- you (or your spouse) aren't entitled to Social Security because you didn't work or didn't pay enough Medicare taxes while you worked and you are age 65 or older, or
- you are disabled but no longer get premium-free Part A because you returned to work.
For most people, if you buy Part A coverage, you must also enroll in Part B and pay the Part B premium.
If you have limited income and resources, your state may help you pay for Part A and/or Part B (see Medicare Savings Programs (help from Medicaid paying Medicare premiums)
). For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov on the web or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY
users should call 1-800-325-0778.