Press Release             

Contact: Mitchell Clark
Senior Communications Associate

October 23, 2012

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the Proposed Settlement to Ease the Coverage Rules for People with Chronic Conditions

New York, NY—Congratulations to the Center for Medicare Advocacy and their colleagues for successfully litigating a nationwide class-action lawsuit that will end the practice of providing skilled nursing and therapy coverage to people with Medicare only if their condition is expected to improve. Congratulations also to the Obama Administration for settling this case in a way that improves access to care for people with Medicare.

The agreement will expand access to care for tens of thousands of people with chronic conditions and disabilities and ease the financial strain facing these beneficiaries and their families. People with Medicare can now depend on coverage for services that treat or manage debilitating, chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease – even if the condition is not expected to improve. This critical settlement further strengthens Medicare’s promise to ensure seniors and people with disabilities are able to access the health coverage and benefits needed for economic and health security. 

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