Today an important bit of Obamacare legislation for hospitals went into effect regarding patients on Medicare. There will be a penalty to hospitals if Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital due to complications from a previous admission within a 30 day period. Oh boy! Good thing this didn't go into effect last May when my husband underwent lung surgery or I know one hospital that would have been penalized through no fault of their own. The example given by the news was if a Medicare patient was admitted with pneumonia, treated and released and then in 29 days had to be readmitted again with recurring pneumonia, then that hospital would be penalized by receiving a cut in pay. This is how the elderly are going to be treated and we all know what the effect will be. To avoid penalties, hospitals will not admit us for a second admission even though we may be dying.
The second thing I want to tell you about, which is not being talked about is the rising cost of our Medicare premiums. These don't go into effect until November 6, 2012. Hmmm, I wonder why? The Medicare premiums will rise from their present monthly fee of $96.40 to:
$104.20 in 2012
$120.20 in 2013
$247.00 in 2014
How do you like them apples? Now go cast your vote.
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