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Monday, October 29, 2012

What Medicare Will Cover Even if You’re Not Likely to Get Better



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 two questions patient advocates were left with this week were just how many people may benefit from the clarification of the regulations and how quickly.

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