On March 5, my 75-year-old wife suffered a brain aneurysm, which led to a variety of other medical issues.

Under Medicare rules, the rehabilitation period for this type of illness is 100 days maximum, fewer days if one does not progress. At the end of either time period, the patient is discharged, at which point one goes home or to a long-term care facility, even if they are unable to get out of bed alone or can’t take care of themselves.

There are no other options. It seems tragic that the person who needs therapy the most can’t get it through Medicare.

I think that our elected officials (Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree) should force the issue and get extended coverage for those in need of more than 100 days’ help. I would be glad to assist any way I can.

Harold Withee

Winslow

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