Thursday, July 21, 2005

Stomp on the weak and hurdle the dead

Washington State Seeking Liens Against Medicaid Patients

(Excerpt)

SEATTLE -- Washington state officials are going to start seeking liens against Medicaid patients' estates to recover costs of long-term care -- even if the patient has deeded the property to
relatives or others. Liens are allowed under a new law that closes a loophole some Medicaid patients have used to keep their homes out of the state's reach. The law applies to all such property transfers made after June 30. It also clears the way for the state to file liens on property while terminal patients are still in a nursing home or the hospital.

4 comments:

Mr. Natural said...

Aint THAT fucking sweet? Sign of the times? The goddamned BILLIONAIRES get tax breaks while plain folks get fucked out of whatever inheritance they may have hoped for.

dailyread said...

Hey Mr. N, this is infinitely more disturbing to me because it is the state banging away on my personal estate.
I have some alternative ideas about long term care, but the idea of living in a cell prior to being diagnosed does not appeal to me.
Anyway, I am still shaking my head, hoping to hear some protest from the streets about this.

jurassicpork said...

"Liens are allowed under a new law that closes a loophole some Medicaid patients have used to keep their homes out of the state's reach."

Oh this is rich. Why wasn't a similar loophole closed during the bankruptcy bill debates this past spring, you know, the one called Asset Protection Trusts that allow Republican assholes to shield their assets so they can get away with paying bills that they can afford to?

Even if I was ever a praying man, by now I'd have to say that there's no God.

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