This isn’t a exactly a new thing, but it appears that ObamaCare doubles down on asset forfeiture. That means that government get’s to claim your assets to compensate for your medical bills, as Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn, both 62, found…
She was shocked: If you’re 55 or over, Medicaid can come back after you’re dead and bill your estate for ordinary health-care expenses.
The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan, one whose payback requirements aren’t well advertised. And it penalizes people who, despite having a low income, have managed to keep a home or some savings they hope to pass to heirs, Prins said.
With an estimated 223,000 adults seeking health insurance headed toward Washington’s expanded Medicaid program over the next three years, the state’s estate-recovery rules, which allow collection of nearly all medical expenses, have come under fire.
Medicaid, in keeping with federal policy, has long tapped into estates. But because most low-income adults without disabilities could not qualify for typical medical coverage through Medicaid, recovery primarily involved expenses for nursing homes and other long-term care.
Get over to the Seattle Times, and read the rest. This has been going on for some time. I had a relative that worked hospice, so I know this is a common practice. However, with the states that are expanding Medicaid via ObamaCare, more and more people will be subjected to having their property or assets seized at their death. If you have property that you want a spouse, or children to have after you are gone, you might want to be aware that signing up for medicaid via ObamaCare, might mean that that spouse or children might be put out on the street when the government takes your land, home, or other assets.