by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt
Health Care Thoughts: While We Were Busy with the Election
As we were busy watching the election the Obama administration agreed in late October to settle a class-action lawsuit with disability advocates on Medicare services for the disabled and those with chronic conditions.
Medicare has historically required for certain coverage there be a likelihood of medical of functional improvement before services would be authorized. This precluded coverage for those with chronic conditions or disabilities and unlikely to see improvement.
This is a significant change which, when put into full operation, will be a improvement in coverage for some patients and a major relief for their families. How long this will need to be put into full effect? I am not certain but will certainly keep an eye on it.