Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks To Let Medicare Patients Appeal Gap in Nursing Home Coverage

(By Susan Jaffe for Kaiser Health News)

Medicare paid for Betty Gordon’s knee replacement surgery in March, but the 72-year-old former high school teacher needed a nursing home stay and care at home to recover.

Yet Medicare wouldn’t pay for that. So Gordon is stuck with a $7,000 bill she can’t afford — and, as if that were not bad enough, she can’t appeal.

The reasons Medicare won’t pay have frustrated the Rhode Island woman and many others trapped in the maze of regulations surrounding something called “observation care.”  Continue reading article here…

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