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‘Observation status:’ The term hospital patients should know

Patients, take note: Starting Oct. 1, those who spend more than 24 hours in the hospital could receive notice that they’ve been placed on something known as “observation status.” It’s a technical term, but one that could mean the difference between having their recovery paid for or ending up with a hefty bill. Continue Reading →

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Courtney hopeful Congress will address Medicare “observation status”

After years of trying, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd district, said Tuesday that he’s optimistic that Congress will take action to address a technicality that has left thousands of Medicare patients without coverage for nursing home care after leaving the hospital. Continue Reading →

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Amid Obamacare marketing push, confusion about Medicare

There’s a major marketing campaign under way for Access Health CT, the new insurance marketplace opening Oct. 1 as part of the federal health reform law. But some officials and others who work with seniors are trying to get out a separate message: If you’re on Medicare, the new marketplace is not for you. Continue Reading →

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