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New Long-Term Care Medicare Benefit Proposed

Posted on Friday, May 4, 2018 3:38 PM

On Wednesday, Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) introduced a proposal for long-term care to be a Medicare benefit for eligible beneficiaries.

The Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act of 2018 would create a cash benefit in Medicare that can be used toward nursing facility care, adult day care programs, home health aide services, personal care services, transportation and assistance provided by a family caregiver. 

“The growing need for long-term care is one of the greatest threats to retirement security for American seniors, and the adult children who care for them,” Pallone said in a statement. “It’s time to expand Medicare to include a long-term care benefit so that millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities no longer have to face financial ruin before they get assistance. I’m hoping that this proposal will begin an important discussion and look forward to getting feedback from interested stakeholders.”

The proposal, if introduced and enacted, would be the first new Medicare benefit since Part D, which was approved in 2003 and implemented in 2006.

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