Protect Our Health: End the Abuse of "Observation Status"

Reuters: "People on Medicare who spend one or two nights in the hospital are finding out, and often too late, that they weren’t really “admitted” to the hospital. This can be a costly discovery."

Our seniors' access to health care is under threat. Many hospitals hold Medicare patients, sometimes for days, under "observation status" without admitting them as in-patients. As a result, seniors face unexpected medical bills and denial of coverage for skilled nursing facility (rehab) care that Medicare typically covers for in-patients.

Access to health care is too important to put at risk due to a bureaucratic loophole. Stand with the Alliance and tell Washington that we MUST put an end to the abuse of "observation status" by passing the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act.

The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act would:
•        Amend Medicare law to count a beneficiary's time spent in the hospital under "observation status" towards the three-day hospital stay requirement for skilled nursing care coverage;
•        Establish a 90-day appeal period following passage for those with a qualifying hospital stay who have been denied skilled nursing care since January 1, 2013.


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