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Medicare Provides Few Respite Coverage Options For Caregivers
National Public Radio

There’s never a shortage of questions about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older and some who are disabled. Here are answers to two about respite care and the so-called doughnut hole that limits payments for drugs in Medicare Part D.

My 85-year-old husband has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. He had a stroke last year and now spends most of his time in bed. His mind is failing and he’s frequently confused. Taking care of him is exhausting, but I’m concerned that unless the doctor gives him a diagnosis of dementia I can’t qualify for respite care. What are the criteria?