Medicare Matters

Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 6:00 PM ET

Medicare might be just the stock catalyst that investors need right now.

Cramer's Medicare Plays
Mad Money's Jim Cramer looks at stocks that are posed to benefit from the latest Medicare bill.

In an environment where the U.S. economy is crushing everything but oil and gas, there aren’t many places for your money. But Medicare isn’t sensitive to the markets, and the expected passage of a new bill could be a boon to some companies.

The last Medicare bill shifted money to long-term care facilities and inpatient rehabs, so stocks like Kindred Healthcare and Healthsouth rallied. At the same time, oxygen providers fell out of favor, so Apria took at hit. When Washington finally decides on a final bill, the same type of division of funds will take place – it’s just a matter of who gets them.

So all week Cramer’s focusing on the companies he thinks could win big with the passage of a new Medicare bill. Click here to read about his first pick, Fresenius.

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