Also in the News for Monday, May 21

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Santa's hotline to be routed through nursing home residents, staff at North Pole substation

While some policy wonks might spend next week pushing for favorable decisions out of Congress before members flee for their winter recess, one long-term care operator will be working with even higher authorities: Santa and Mrs. Claus. Staff and residents at Pine Heights in Brattleboro, VT, will be fielding children's calls made directly to the jolly pair Monday through Friday. Residents who will handle calls to The Ho, Ho Hotline attended Ho, Ho Academy training Thursday in order to prepare for questions they might hear. They also were visited by a local toy department manager who showed them what this year's popular kids' items are.

Two courts find Medicare skilled nursing, home care rules too strict

Two courts find Medicare skilled nursing, home care rules too strict

Federal courts in Pennsylvania and Vermont have ruled that the Obama administration's Medicare standards are too stringent when it comes to deciding if a patient is eligible for skilled nursing home care or home health.

Vermont decides not to recoup some seniors' Medicare Part D rebate checks

Some low-income seniors in Vermont received good news Monday: State officials said they are giving up in their attempt to collect the $250 Medicare Part D rebate checks.

Vermont to seniors: Give me your $250 Medicare Part D checks

Many seniors across the country are gearing up to receive $250 reimbursement checks for costs associated with the Medicare Part D coverage gap. But Vermont is telling some seniors to hand that money over to the state.