The Guadalajara Reporter totally debunks the widely-circulating email claiming that there will be a pilot Medicare program through a Guadalajara hospital...As usual, Bob Kelly does an excellent job in tracking down rumors and getting it straight. For Medicare to expand outside US borders would require an act of Congress.
Carol Schmidt http://www.guadalajarareporter.com/index.cfm
> US officials deny Medicare expansion
> By BOB KELLY
> A report that Medicare will launch a pilot program early next year
> through a Guadalajara hospital has raised the hopes of retirees but
> could not be confirmed by staff members of key Congressional
> committees or the U.S. State Department.
> ... [snipped] ...
> Federal Benefits officers attached to the United States Consulate
> in Guadalajara told The Reporter
that "there are no provisions made
> for Medicare payments for treatment outside of the United States,
> directly, or through any Healthcare Management Organization, no
> matter who does the billing. We are assured that there have been no
> changes to that policy and for Medicare to expand its services to
> beneficiaries receiving care in a foreign country would require an
> act of Congress."