H.R. 5950 (111th): Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2010

Jul 29, 2010 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Joe Courtney
Representative for Connecticut's 2nd congressional district
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Jul 29, 2010
3 pages
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Last Action: Apr 14, 2011


This bill was introduced on July 29, 2010, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jul 29, 2010
Referred to Committee Jul 29, 2010
Full Title

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of observation status in a hospital exceeding 24 hours toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare.


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11 cosponsors (10D, 1R) (show)

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Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2010 - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act, with respect to post-hospital extended care services, to provide that:
(1) an individual who is in a period of observation status in a hospital exceeding 24 hours shall be deemed to have been an inpatient during such period of observation status (for purposes of counting toward the three-day inpatient hospital requirement for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility [SNF] services); and
(2) the individual's leaving the hospital after such period of status shall be treated as a discharge from the hospital.

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