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Medicaid Proposals Will Strain Everyone

February 17, 2006

Whoever said change is not always bad, obviously did not see the new proposed rules for Medicaid. Medicaid or MassHealth as we know it in Massachusetts is a joint federal-state program that provides health care insurance to low income children, seniors and people with disabilities as well as medical care for those in a nursing home who qualify.

As many of us are aware, the U.S. Congress is currently grappling with how to cut at least $10 billion from the Medicaid Program as was required in the 2006 budget bill passed earlier this year. The bill which is presently being debated in the House will likely be passed when the House of Representatives reconvenes and votes sometime this month. The way to cut the funds…..make it harder for individuals to qualify for benefits under the Medicaid Program.

The changes proposed in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 include new punitive restrictions on the ability of the elderly to transfer assets before qualifying for Medicaid coverage of nursing home care. Essentially, the proposed law attempts to shift the cost of long term care to families and nursing homes and away from the Medicaid Program…

You may read more at the link below.

by: Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Esq.

Healthcare Ledger
February 2006

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