Yes, aunt Martha, in 2011 your life will be going through some changes in Medicare coverage and, as they say in the real estate business, location, location, location will be one of the determining factors. Some areas of the country will be hit harder than others.
You Mean My Medicare Coverage Is Going To Change?
Well, beginning January 1, 2011 Medicare coverage changes resulted in some having fewer options on how they can obtain medical equipment. Now, to keep the playing field level, competitive bidding enters the picture.
Some medical supply companies felt they weren't getting a "fair shake" so now Medicare annuitants will be required to use a company on the approved supplier list for things you might need like a hospital bed, oxygen tanks and wheelchairs, as well as other items. To get the list of affected areas, contact: www.medicare.gov.
What Other Shocking News Should We Know?
You'll like this Medicare coverage news. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, in 2011 those who are enrolling in the Medicare program for the first time will be offered free physicals. The catch is your doctor must agree to receive his or her payment via Medicare. We told you to watch the other hand.
How About Some Good Medicare Coverage Change News?
Some helpful changes were made for 2011. The end-of-life rules were dropped. New rules allowing home dialysis for those suffering from kidney disease is a monolithic change in Medicare coverage for 2011. Instead of having to drive miles across town to get hooked up to a dialysis machine, the new Medicare coverage rules offer a do-it-yourself training and support program. Now you can stay home in your own bed for treatment.