Brown visits city to promote bill to expand Medicare

Goal: Wipe out sky-high medical bills

The Toledo Blade

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) visited East Toledo on Tuesday to promote a bill that would expand Medicare coverage for seniors getting therapy in skilled nursing centers.

Senator Brown visited the Lutheran Home, 131 N. Wheeling St., in support of the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act.

He shared a podium with the daughter of a woman who faces $61,000 in medical bills because of a Medicare rule the senator wants to abolish.

The bill, which died in a previous Congress, would require Medicare to pay for skilled nursing care after any three-day hospital stay. Under current law, patients’ care is covered by Medicare only when the patient has been “admitted” for at least three days.

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