Equal Nursing Home Coverage For Same-Sex Spouses: HHS

Law360, New York (August 29, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday issued a memorandum clarifying that Medicare Advantage plans are required to provide coverage allowing same-sex spouses to live together in the same nursing home, its first such ruling following the Defense of Marriage Act being struck down.

Under Medicare law, private insurers and other Medicare Advantage plan administrators are required to provide coverage that allows spouses to live together in the same nursing home or other skilled nursing facility, or SNF, if they both meet all...
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