Medicare Patients Might Have New Charges

Seniors may have to pay for Medicare home health.

It's a service that until now has been free of charge for patients.

That's what the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is recommending as lawmakers look for health care spending cuts to help get control of federal deficits.

The advisory panel did not prescribe an amount, but its staff has suggested the charge be $150 for a series of related visits.

More than 3 million seniors got home health care last year.

The AARP seniors lobby opposes.