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Will Medicare Cover a Second Nursing Home Stay?

  • July 28th, 2014
Q
My aunt was in a nursing home and exceeded the 100 days covered by Medicare.  She was later admitted to the hospital, and then returned to the nursing home. Should Medicare coverage have started over, paying for her nursing home costs again? 
A

A new "spell of illness" qualifying your aunt for another 100 days of skilled nursing facility care will only occur if at least 60 days passed between the end of her original coverage and her return to the hospital.

For more on Medicare's limited coverage of nursing home care, click here.

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Last Modified: 07/28/2014

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