The incoming Administration and Congressional Members will take office with new policy priorities. On healthcare, some will remain the same, while others will change.
Every year Medicare has an open enrollment period; this year’s open enrollment runs from October 15 – December 7, 2012. This is the time when people eligible for Medicare services can compare plans and make sure they have the right health and prescription drug coverage, particularly individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions who could see increased benefits and lower costs with the new healthcare changes.
A proposed settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit eliminates the requirement that beneficiaries show a likelihood of medical or functional improvement before Medicare will pay for skilled nursing and therapy services.