Important Changes in Medicare
From the New York Times, good news for people with chronic health issues that are unlikely to improve:
Should the federal government cover the costs of many kinds of treatments for patients who aren’t going to get any better?
It didn’t, for many years. But after the settlement of a landmark class-action lawsuit this week, Medicare will soon begin paying more often for physical, occupational and other therapies for large numbers of people with certain disabilities and chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The article goes on to explain that although it may take some time for the changes to take effect, patients could start asking for the expanded services now (see page 2 of story).
...some patient advocates see no reason for people not to demand coverage that maintains their condition or slows deterioration right now, given that Medicare was supposed to be paying for it all along.