Medicare and You 2020 #10050  
Everything you want to know 

Medicare and you

Different Parts of Medicare 

A = Hospital
B = Doctor Visits - Out Patient
C = Medicare Advantage or Medi Gap
D = Part D Rx

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Understanding your Medicare Choices
Medi Gap vs Medicare Advantage

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How to sign up for Parts A & B
Is  your test, service, or item covered?
Original Medicare Parts A & B
Medicare Advantage Plans & Part D Rx
Supplement Insurance (Medigap)
Low Income Help  LIS
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What are the qualifications to get Medicare Part A Hospital at no cost?

To be eligible for premium-free Part A, Hospital – an individual must be entitled to receive Medicare based on their own earnings or those of a spouse, parent, or child.

To receive premium-free Part A, the worker must have a specified number of quarters of coverage (QCs) [40] and file an application for Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits.

The exact number of QCs (quarters) required is dependent on whether the person is filing for Part A on the basis of age, disability, or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). QCs are earned through payment of payroll taxes under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act Wikipedia (FICA) during the person’s working years.

Most individuals pay the full FICA tax so the QCs they earn can be used to meet the requirements for both monthly Social Security benefits and premium-free Part A. Medicare & You Handbook – and Enrolling in A & B See link in side panel *  

 

4 comments on “No charge for Part A Hospital qualification rules

  1. I’m self employed and haven’t filed taxes for years. I’m now filing so that I can get my 40 quarters in. I turn 65 in January 2020. Why is Medicare telling me I have to have everything in by September 30?

        • Well, 1st of all, I’m not a CPA and not allowed to give tax advice.

          Here’s research though, make your own interpretation and check with your CPA, Attorney and/or competent tax counsel.

          There’s a time limit for reporting Social Security earnings and getting credits towards future Social Security benefits. The time period is 3 years, 3 months, and 15 days following the end of the calendar year in which you earn the income. If your earnings are not reported within this time period, you will not accumulate any Social Security credits for the unreported income. https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title02/0205.htm Colvin Hallett Law

          The Social Security Administration no longer mails out an annual Social Security Statement. In order to view your Social Security Statement, you must register on the Social Security Administrations website.

          The Balance.Com

          You earn work credits on the minimum $1,360 of earnings no matter when or how frequently you earn them. Theoretically, you could earn four work credits in a single month in which you make $5,440. That would max out your work credits for the year, however. Zacks.com

          Social Security Self Employed 10022

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