For years, it has been an article of faith that Medicare would not pay for services such as skilled nursing or physical therapy unless that care improved a patient’s health status.
How did this misunderstanding go on for so long?
Seniors and disabled individuals enrolled in Medicare Part A–which covers hospitalization and limited nursing home care and is free for most beneficiaries–do not need to buy a marketplace plan, because they are already meeting the insurance requirements.
Premiums for many popular Medicare prescription drug plans will soar next year – but seniors don’t have to take the rate hikes lying down.
Your status as “inpatient” versus “under observation” while in a hospital can make a world of Medicare difference.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare beneficiaries will pay the same premium for prescription drugs next year as they did this year.
A national hospice company improperly cycled patients through nursing homes and hospice with a goal of making as much profit as possible from Medicare, according to a whistleblower lawsuit announced in early January.
The House Republican plan for overhauling Medicare would fundamentally change how the federal government pays for health care. Starting a decade from now, many Americans will likely face higher out-of-pocket costs and greater limits to coverage.
Here is another featured question from the ElderCareMatters website. It deals with Medicaid qualification.
PACE is a little-known program that may offer promising alternatives for elder care.
MEDICARE enrollment season is approaching, and many experts believe it will be turbulent because of changes in the system and new coverage options. Take some steps now to educate yourself so you can minimize the confusion for yourself and your loved ones.