Beginning January 1, 2016, Medicare will cover counseling sessions for end-of-life care, the Obama administration announced yesterday.
NPR noted that this development comes "just weeks after a Supreme Court decision solidified the Affordable Care Act." And Julie Rovner, senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News, told NPR, "the decision might have prompted Medicare officials to conclude that 'it was safe politically ... to go ahead with this.'"
An estimated 55 million people are on Medicare. The New York Times reported that the new policy will reimburse physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to have "conversations with patients about whether and how they would want...READ MORE