Sen. Brown proposes plan to protect seniors on Medicare from unexpected medical costs

CLEVELAND - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced a plan Monday to protect senior citizens on Medicare from unexpected and "unfair" medical costs. 

It would correct the current Medicare police that doesn't count "observation status" towards a requirement for an inpatient hospital stay of at least three days before the government would cover "skilled nursing care." 

He calls the bipartisan plan the "Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act." 

It has been endorsed, he says, by the AARP and the American Medical Association.

He was joined at a press conference by Dr. James Campbell, Director of Geriatric Health at Cleveland MetroHealth; Richard Schwalberg, Menorah Park Administrator; and June Gold, a senior citizen from Cuyahoga County who was denied coverage but would have qualified under the proposed change.



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