Little-Known Aspect of Medicaid Now Causing People to Avoid Coverage

In certain cases, a state can recoup its medical costs by putting a claim on a deceased person's assets.

Add this to the scary but improbable things people are hearing could happen because of the new federal health-care law: After you die, the state could come after your house.

The concern arises from a long-standing but little-known aspect of Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health coverage to millions of low-

income Americans. In certain cases, a state can recoup its medical costs by putting a claim on a deceased person’s assets.

This is not an issue for people buying private coverage on online marketplaces. And experts say it is unlikely that the millions of people in more than two dozen states becoming eligible for Medicaid under the program’s expansion will be affected by this rule. But the fear that the government could one day seize their homes is deterring some people from signing up.

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Source: The Washington Post