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California Senate Moves To Limit Medi-Cal Estate Recovery

The California senate has unanimously advanced a bill (SB 33) to limit the amount of assets that California can recoup from deceased Medi-Cal beneficiaries, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 1993, the federal government began requiring all states to recoup the long-term care costs of Medicaid beneficiaries ages 55 and older after they die.┬áThe “estate recovery program” requires states to recoup assets for nursing home care, but it is optional to recover assets for medical services, such as doctor visits and hospital stays.

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