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Jimmo v. Sebelius, No. 11-cv-17 (D. VT), is a nationwide class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries who received care in skilled nursing facilities, home health care, and outpatient therapy and who were denied Medicare coverage on the basis that they were not improving or did not demonstrate a potential for improvement (known as the “Improvement Standard). On January 24, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont approved a Settlement in Jimmo between attorneys for the Jimmo plaintiffs (the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Vermont Legal Aid) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Unfortunately, unfair denials still happen.

With support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for Medicare Advocacy provides this Toolkit to help Medicare beneficiaries and their families respond to unfair Medicare denials. The Toolkit includes self-help materials to advocate for coverage of skilled nursing facility care that has been denied by providers, Medicare Advantage plans, and/or traditional Medicare.

Download the toolkit
(165 pg .pdf)

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