Will Mom Lose Medicare or Medi-Cal Coverage If She Leaves the Nursing Home To Visit Family?

Q.  Mom has been receiving care in a nursing home. She is currently covered by Medicare, but soon will switch to Medi-Cal. She would really like to come to our home for a short visit for family celebrations. However, I heard that she might lose her coverage if she does so. Is that true? A…. Read More »

Your Rights Upon Hospital Discharge

Q.  My husband was recently admitted to the hospital following a stroke. The hospital now wants to discharge him in two days, and I believe he needs to remain longer. What are our rights? We are both on Medicare. A. Unfortunately, hospitals have a strong financial incentive to discharge Medicare patients as soon as possible…. Read More »

Medicare Expands Coverage For Mental Health Services

Q. I hear that Medicare will now cover mental health services, much like it covers care for medical and surgical conditions. Do you know anything about this? A. Yes. Beginning January 1, 2014, Medicare began reimbursing the cost of outpatient mental health treatment services on a par with other Part B medical services. Previously, Medicare… Read More »