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    Oct 29 12

    Qualifying for Medicare Coverage May Be Easier for Newport Beach Families

    Newport Beach Law Firm



    Elderly Woman with NurseTens of thousands of people with chronic
    conditions and disabilities may find it easier to qualify for Medicare coverage
    of potentially costly home health care, skilled nursing home stays, and
    outpatient therapy under policy changes planned by the Obama administration.

    Medicare may be opening the
    doors to many who previously had been turned away and left without coverage for
    home health care, nursing home stays and outpatient therapies on the basis of a
    less than positive “improvement” prognosis. This change of course may actually
    be the result of a nationwide class-action suit and an agreement from the
    administration.

    For a perspective on the
    proposed settlement, turn to a recent article in The New York Times titled “Settlement Eases Rules for Some Medicare
    Patients
    .

    The Medicare board has had a
    longstanding practice to require a likelihood of medical or functional
    improvement before a beneficiary could receive coverage for skilled nursing or
    therapy services, whether institutional or home-based. That left many care
    recipients in a lurch. If this settlement goes through and becomes practice,
    then the requirement is no longer “improvement” but “maintenance.” Accordingly,
    Medicare will provide services if they are needed to “maintain the patient’s
    current condition or prevent or slow further deterioration.”

    Contact your Newport Beach estate planning attorneys at Meier Law Firm to discuss all of your estate planning needs.

    Reference: The New York Times
    (October 22, 2012) “Settlement Eases Rules for Some Medicare
    Patients




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