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Physical therapy session As of Jan. 1, Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for therapy indefinitely as long as their doctor confirms their need for therapy and they continue to meet other requirements. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Physical therapy helps Leon Beers, 73, get out of bed in the morning and maneuver around his home using his walker. Other treatment strengthens his throat muscles so that he can communicate and swallow food, said his sister Karen Morse. But in mid-January, his home health care agency told Morse it could no longer provide these services because he had used all his therapy benefits allowed under Medicare for the year.

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