Medicare provides health care to people over 65 and those who are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). PAN acts in coalition to ensure that this important federal program is working to meet the needs of people with Parkinson’s.
How is Medicare structured? What is covered?
Medicare prescription drug coverage, also known as Medicare Part D, is insurance that covers both brand-name and generic prescription drugs.
Current law limits, or caps, the amount of outpatient physical and speech therapy and outpatient occupational therapy a Medicare beneficiary can receive each calendar year. PAN supports the repeal of these therapy caps.
PAN joined a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenging Medicare’s “improvement standard.” Up until 2013, the improvement standard was a policy within Medicare that required Medicare beneficiaries to show improvement to continue receiving physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services. The case has gone to a favorable settlement for the Parkinson’s community, and some Medicare policies and coverage guidelines have changed.