TODAY AT 12:30PM – SCHUMER: MEDICARE’S ‘OBSERVATION STATUS’ FORCES SENIORS TO PAY THOUSANDS EXTRA FOR REHAB THAT IS NOT REIMBURSED – NY’S OVER 3 MILLION MEDICARE RECIPIENTS COULD BE LEFT HIGH & DRY, UNABLE TO PAY FOR POST-HOSPITAL STAY

Please see the advisory below for today’s conference call. Let me know if you’d like to join.

Thanks,

Meredith

***CONFERENCE CALL TODAY– PLEASE RSVP ASAP***

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: CONTACT: Meredith Kelly
March 6, 2013 202.224.7433

SCHUMER: MEDICARE’S ‘OBSERVATION STATUS’ FORCES SENIORS TO PAY THOUSANDS EXTRA FOR REHAB THAT IS NOT REIMBURSED – NY’S OVER 3 MILLION MEDICARE RECIPIENTS COULD BE LEFT HIGH & DRY, UNABLE TO PAY FOR POST-HOSPITAL STAY

Senior Citizens in Hospital’s ‘Observation Status’ Aren’t Ready to Return Home & Often Need Nursing Care, Rehab & Physical Therapy After Hospital – Medicare Refuses to Reimburse In Those Cases & Forces Seniors to Pay Thousands

Nursing Home Stays Can Cost An Average of $350 Per Day in New York, Plus Cost of Rehab & Therapy Services – Over 3 Million NYers Could Be At Risk That Medicare Won’t Cover Those Bills

Schumer’s Plan Would Change Rules on Observation Status & What NY Seniors Must Pay – In WNY 270,180 Medicare Recipients, in Hudson Valley 378,802, In Central NY 194,276, Rochester Finger-Lakes 226,622 Recipients

Today, March 6th at 12:30pm during a conference call, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will push his plan to change an outdated Medicare law, so that elderly patients across Upstate New York are not charged unfairly for receiving needed nursing home care after being hospitalized. Schumer noted that “observation” stay cases in hospitals, when the elderly individual is not technically an inpatient, have risen by over 30% in recent years in New York, costing seniors thousands of dollars in medical bills for post-hospital therapy and rehab. Currently, Medicare will only cover post-acute care in a skilled nursing home facility if a beneficiary has three consecutive days of hospitalization as an inpatient. Schumer will discuss his push for the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act, which would allow “observation” stays to be counted toward the 3-day mandatory inpatient stay for Medicare to cover rehabilitation post-hospital visit.

Nursing homes stays in New York can cost an average of $350 per day, and over $500 in some cases, plus the cost of rehab and therapy services. Schumer will highlight that without this change in law, an unexpected trip to the hospital could cost Upstate New York seniors thousands. On the call, Schumer will provide a county-by-county breakdown of New York Medicare beneficiaries.

DATE: TODAY, Wednesday March 6th

TIME: 12:30pm

Bazzo 03/06/13

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