Sen. Brown: Plan will fix loophole that costs seniors thousands

Cincinnati Enquirer

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he has a plan to end a Medicare policy that’s caused seniors across the country to be unexpectedly hit with large bills and costs after receiving needed care.

Brown visited the Maple Knoll Village retirement community in Springdale on Wednesday to share details about the plans and meet with residents who’ve been impacted by what he called an Medicare “technicality.”

Under current Medicare policy, a beneficiary must have an inpatient hospital stay of at least three days in order for Medicare to cover post-hospitalization skilled nursing care.

But patients that receive hospital care on “observation status” do not qualify for the benefit, even if their hospital stay lasts longer than three days.

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