In February 2021, I had the opportunity to interview Congressman Joe Courtney from Connecticut to discuss a key Medicare issue we have been working on for several years, related to "Observation" status in the hospital.
When you are in the hospital in an "Observation" status (before getting "Admitted"),
(1) your medication costs are still covered under your Part D prescription plan rather than your Part A hospital benefits. If you are administered expensive drugs, this could result in high out-of-pocket costs for the patient;
(2) if you need Skilled Nursing Care after the hospitalization, the Medicare Part A benefits will not cover the costs. You will be required to pay out of pocket for the Skilled Nursing Care.
In the video, Congressman Courtney and I discuss these issues and some legislation that is being worked on to fix these problems for the Medicare Beneficiary.
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