Elder Law Newsletters
The Older Americans Act (OAA) network coordinates and provides community-based care for older Americans. The network includes federal, state, tribal, and local organizations dedicated to aging issues, as well as local providers of elderly services.
Medicare provides insurance coverage for care provided in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), typically nursing homes and acute hospitals with skilled nursing beds.
Medicare coverage for care in hospitals depends upon whether the items are reasonable and necessary to a hospital stay and to the treatment of a patient's illness. Coverage varies slightly from state to state, but the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services is the ultimate authority on coverage issues.
Two types of individuals are eligible for Medicare Part B coverage: (1) patients who are eligible for Medicare Part A without paying premiums; and (2) individuals older than 65 years of age who are U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, or legal resident aliens who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years.
If a patient is willing to waive coverage under Medicare Part A and certain other criteria are met, Medicare will cover many aspects of palliative hospice care.