People Should Appeal Medicare Decisions More, Expert Says
If Medicare refuses a claim, that doesn’t have to be the last word, The Wall Street Journal reports. You can appeal—and there’s “a relatively high success rate” for people who do, the article says.
“Folks don’t appeal as much as they should,” says Doug Goggin-Callahan, director of education at the nonprofit Medicare Rights Center in New York and Washington, D.C. “If you and your doctor feel you should be entitled to a service, you should go through the process.”
The article includes a rundown of how the appeals process works, along with a list of organizations that can help you appeal. Sometimes the problem with payment is as simple as a clerical error, the article says.
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.