Medicare Part A

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) is a Social Security benefit and pays for care in RNHCIs, Religious Non-medical Health Care Institutions, that are Medicare providers.

Part A is paid for by a portion of Social Security tax.  In a Christian Science facility it helps pay for inpatient care.


Eligibility for Medicare covered care at a Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institution (RNHCI)

There are several conditions to be met before one can receive covered care. First, one must obtain a Social Security health insurance claim card through the Social Security Administration. One must then be admitted to a recognized RNHCI which is participating in the Medicare program. Finally, the RNHCI’s Utilization Review Committee (URC) must determine that the need requires covered care. Not all Christian Science care in a RNHCI is eligible for Medicare coverage. The URC will periodically review the patient’s nursing needs to determine whether or not they continue to be eligible for covered care.

Click here for an Explanation of Election for Medicare Benefits

Part A covers:

Christian Science nursing
Most supplies
Meals and nourishment

Part A does not cover:

Christian Science practitioner fees
Telephone calls
Rest and Study visits
Light Christian Science nursing care
Personal care items

Part A Medicare Benefits in 2020

Benefit Length
Medicare Pay
Patient Pay
 Hospital Care
(Deductible portion
of Medicare)
1st-60th day 100% of bill
(after deduction
of the first $1,408
Up to the
first $$1,408
Hospital Care
(Co-insurance portion
of Medicare)
61st-90th day Charges in excess
of $352/day
All costs up
to $352/day
 Hospital Care
(Lifetime Reserve portion
of Medicare)
91st-150th day Charges in excess
of $704/day
All costs up
to $704/day


For further Information on Medicare Part A:

Parts A and B Medicare Benefits 2020