Medicare does not cover most long-term services and supports (LTSS) or durable medical equipment for use outside of the home. While home health should be more widely available, beneficiaries often find coverage inaccessible because of information gaps and onerous requirements, and the benefit is not integrated into other care and supports that people need in their homes. This results in patchworks of coverage that are difficult to manage, confusing and inefficient.
Protect and Strengthen Medicare
Informed by the stories heard on Medicare Rights’ national helpline, this fact sheet series highlights a variety of Medicare issues and provides policy solutions to improve the program now and in the future.