Medicare: Avoid Big Rehab Bills

When you need to go to rehab after a fall, illness or other medical problem, Medicare will fully cover the cost of your stay for up to 20 days as long as you've spent at least three days in the hospital as an inpatient (among other criteria).

As discussed in our companion article, The painful new trend in Medicare, an increasing number of seniors are spending days in the hospital under observation only. The result: your subsequent care at a skilled nursing facility doesn't qualify for Medicare coverage. You could be stuck with the full tab.

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