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« on: August 25, 2013, 03:51:51 PM »

Observation stays don't count for Medicare coverage, many seniors harshly learn

Betty Rickett was surprised by a $15,000 nursing home bill after spending three days in a hospital for a broken ankle in 2009.

The 85-year-old from Wellsboro in Tioga County knew that her health insurer, the federal government's Medicare program, covers the cost of rehabilitation care in a nursing home if the patient was admitted to a hospital for at least three days.

What she didn't know was that time spent in a hospital bed under observation doesn't count toward the three-day minimum needed for Medicare coverage. Medicare requires patients to be admitted to a hospital — and being under observation does not count...
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2013, 04:17:40 PM »

We can go political with this (actually not "we", I have stayed away from the politics board) - remember, I'm Canadian - or we can discuss why churches don't do more to assist the elderly and infirm.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2013, 09:02:09 AM »

We can go political with this (actually not "we", I have stayed away from the politics board) - remember, I'm Canadian - or we can discuss why churches don't do more to assist the elderly and infirm.

So....why don't they?
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2013, 11:42:55 AM »

We can go political with this (actually not "we", I have stayed away from the politics board) - remember, I'm Canadian - or we can discuss why churches don't do more to assist the elderly and infirm.

So....why don't they?

People don't see churches as places of charity anymore.  Or as a resource for charity.  Many churches (whatever denomination) do not have charitable services to handle this type of thing.  Food banks and clothing/blanket drives is one thing, but dealing with the bureaucracy that is Medicar/Medicaid, I think most churches can't/won't deal with that headache.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2013, 11:52:09 AM »

We can go political with this (actually not "we", I have stayed away from the politics board) - remember, I'm Canadian - or we can discuss why churches don't do more to assist the elderly and infirm.

So....why don't they?

People don't see churches as places of charity anymore.  Or as a resource for charity.  Many churches (whatever denomination) do not have charitable services to handle this type of thing.  Food banks and clothing/blanket drives is one thing, but dealing with the bureaucracy that is Medicar/Medicaid, I think most churches can't/won't deal with that headache.

Heck, most doctors hate dealing with it, and some I know are opting out.

As for the churches, yeah, I guess in the "good ol' days" parishes and communities would band together to help those in need.  Today....not so much. Sad
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