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Many home health care provider are telling their patients that Medicare can’t be used for home health care but that is incorrect. Federal law requires Medicare to pay indefinitely for home care — with no copayments or deductibles — if a doctor ordered it and patients can leave home only with great difficulty. They must need intermittent nursing, physical therapy or other skilled care that only a trained professional can provide. They do not need to show improvement.

Those who qualify can also receive an aide’s help with dressing, bathing and other daily activities. The combined services are limited to 35 hours a week.

To read about Collin Campbell’s experience with home healthcare services, Medicare, and recent changes to home healthcare laws: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/17/578423012/home-care-agencies-often-wrongly-deny-medicare-help-to-the-chronically-ill

[image description: Colin Campbell, shown last month in his home near Los Angeles.  He has a neck brace on and is leaning back in his wheelchair.]
Colin Campbell, shown last month in his home near Los Angeles.  He has a neck brace on and is leaning back in his wheelchair

Colin Campbell, shown last month in his home near Los Angeles, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease — ALS — eight years ago. He gets Medicare because of his disability, but was incorrectly told by several agencies that he couldn’t use it for home care.

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