HHS Releases First Post-DOMA Memo Addressing Nursing Home Benefits for Medicare Advantage Enrollees

Current law gives Medicare patients enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans the right to treatment in the same skilled nursing facility where their spouse resides.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a memo clarifying that this rule applies to same-sex spouses as well.  This is expected to be the first of many steps HHS takes to equalize the way Medicare benefits are administered.

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