This is an update from my blogpost of January 18th, 2013. The final approval of the settlement requires that skilled nursing and therapy services necessary to maintain a person's condition be covered by Medicare based on need rather on improvement in the benficiary's condition.
From the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA):
"The Center for Medicare Advocacy, along with its co-counsel Vermont
Legal Aid are pleased that the Settlement in the Medicare Improvement
Standard case, Jimmo v. Sebelius, was
approved on January 24, 2013 during a scheduled fairness hearing,
marking a critical step forward for thousands of beneficiaries