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Obama administration agrees to ease in Medicare benefit rules
Yahoo! News

The Obama administration has agreed to relax Medicare’s requirements for skilled nursing and home health care, allowing beneficiaries to qualify for benefits even if their conditions are not expected to improve, according to court documents. A proposed settlement of a national class-action lawsuit, filed October 16 in U.S. District Court in Vermont, says the government will revise its Medicare manual to make benefits available when care would only “maintain the patient’s current condition or … prevent or slow further deterioration.”