Under the home health benefit, patients typically receive four to ten hours a week of skilled care and home health aide services. Depending on your need, Medicare will pay for skilled nursing and home health services provided up to seven days a week for no more than eight hours per day and 28 hours per week (up to a total of 35 hours in unusual cases).

You can continue to receive the home health care benefit for as long as you continue to qualify for home health care. However, the plan of care, which details the care you will receive and the frequency of services, covers no more than 60 days at a time. A new plan of care will need to be approved by your doctor every 60 days for you to continue to receive home health care benefits.

Medicare covers the full cost of skilled care, home health aide services, and medical social services you receive.