WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is trying to put an end to worry by the elderly that they could soon lose access to oxygen supplies.
Medicare officials say the fears are unfounded and can be blamed mostly on misleading representations by medical equipment companies. The firms are unhappy with a change in federal law that goes into effect in January.
The law caps at three years the length of time the government will pay a rental fee for oxygen concentrators. But the supplier is still required to continue maintaining the equipment for up to five years. At that point, Medicare will begin making rental payments for up to another 36-month period.
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