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Glossary

This glossary explains terms in the Medicare program, but it is not a legal document. The official Medicare program provisions are found in the relevant laws, regulations, and rulings.

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Term Definition
LARGE GROUP HEALTH PLAN

A group health plan that covers employees of either an employer or employee organization that has 100 or more employees.

LIABILITY INSURANCE

Liability insurance is insurance that protects against claims based on negligence or inappropriate action or inaction, which results in bodily injury or damage to property.

LICENSED (LICENSURE)

This means a long-term care facility has met certain standards set by a State or local government agency.

LIFETIME RESERVE DAYS (MEDICARE)

Sixty days that Medicare will pay for when you are in a hospital for more than 90 days. These 60 reserve days can be used only once during your lifetime. For each lifetime reserve day, Medicare pays all covered costs except for a daily coinsurance ($406 in 2002).

LIMITING CHARGE

The highest amount of money you can be charged for a covered service by doctors and other health care providers who don't accept assignment. The limit is 15% over Medicare's approved amount. The limiting charge only applies to certain services and does not apply to supplies or equipment. (See Approved Amount; Assignment.)

LONG-TERM CARE

A "variety" of services that help people with health or personal needs and activities of daily living over a period of time. Long-term care can be provided at home, in the community, or in various types of facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilties. Most long-term care is custodial care. Medicare does not pay for this type of care.

LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE

A private insurance policy to help pay for some long-term medical and non-medical care, like help with activities of daily living. Because Medicare generally does not pay for long-term care, this type of insurance policy may help provide coverage for long-term care that you may need in the future. Some long-term care insurance policies offer tax benefits; these are called "Tax-Qualified Policies."

LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN

An independent advocate (supporter) for nursing home and assisted living facility residents who works to solve problems between residents and nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

*NOTE: An asterisk (*) after a term means that this definition, in whole or in part, is used with permission from Walter Feldesman, ESQ., Dictionary of Eldercare Terminology, Copyright 2000.

This glossary explains terms in the Medicare program, but it is not a legal document. The official Medicare program provisions are found in the relevant laws, regulations,and rulings.
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Date Last Updated: September 23, 2004

 

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