Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Congress and White House Unveil New Medicare Benefits for Chronically Ill

Drew Thies

Congress and the Trump administration are working together to implement new laws that will extend Medicare coverage to individuals with multiple chronic conditions. The changes seek to deal with long-term illnesses that often can build on one another and that an increasing number of Americans face as they age.

The Chronic Care Act, included in a budget approved by the White House earlier this year, gave the Department of Health and Human Services authority to extend new benefits under Medicare, such as social and medical services, home improvements like wheelchair ramps, transportation to doctor’s offices, and home delivery of hot meals.

“This is a way to update and strengthen Medicare,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who designed and championed the law.

Most of the new benefits will be available for Medicare Advantage plans, with the intention being that these plans will be tailored to a patient’s specific needs based on their conditions.

Lawmakers hope that Medicare coverage of comparatively small and inexpensive items such as infrastructure improvements can save Medicare money in the long term by reducing costly rehospitalizations.

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