Let me say it again: Medicare does not provide long-term care in nursing homes. The idea that Medicare does provide long-term care in nursing homes is one of the greatest enduring myths about Medicare. And, here's the scary part: I encounter this myth in discussion groups at all income and educational levels. I have seen the individual look of astonishment on the faces of clients and their families when I have had to debunk this myth and I have surveyed the faces of groups where, only gradually, did audience members come to accept the truth.
In its September-October issue, Harvard's alumni magazine published "Coping With Alzheimer's" repeating the canard only to have to correct itself in the next issue. Medicare only covers rehabilitation care up to 90 days following a three day hospitalization.
Harvard Magazine should not be burying the correction on page 6 of the Letters section, it should be broadcast as a cover story because, although it is not news, it is new information for many Americans.
12/10/13: As Buzzell points out in the comments, I overstate. I stand corrected and thank Buzzell for the comment. Here’s what I should have said: