Bill would end Medi-Cal asset seizures

Bill would end Medi-Cal asset seizures

Seventh seal“Nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes” is an old saying. California also has seizures after death.

Now, the California Legislature just passed a bill to limit the seizure of the estates of Medi-Cal recipients. The Mercury-News reported:

Hanging in the balance are the hopes — and homes — of thousands of worried Bay Area residents and Medi-Cal enrollees like Chris Darling of Richmond, Anne-Louise Vernon of Campbell and Eliza O’Malley of El Cerrito. 

Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign the bill into law or veto it. His budget advisers continue to recommend that he oppose it because they say California would lose $15 million annually in general fund revenues as a result….

But state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, who authored Senate Bill 1124, said the measure would ease the plight of many. If signed into law, the bill prohibits recoveries from estates of surviving spouses and provides a variety of ways for beneficiaries to find out how much of their estate is “recoverable” upon the beneficiary’s death.

What kind of advisers are these? That $15 million is a pittance in a state budget of more than $100 billion.

What happens is that someone has hard times, signs up for Medi-Cal, runs up some bills, then dies. His spouse or other heirs, inheriting maybe a house, then risk having it all taken by the state government.

Moreover, hospitals generally run up costs far higher than they need to be. So the charges also are exorbitant and unjust.

Such seizures can be avoided by estate planning. But many folks don’t know how to do that.

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  1. Ulyssess Uhaul
    Ulyssess Uhaul 30 August, 2014, 08:48

    Not end of story…Keep all business and personal records forever after retiring or dying.

    A favorite State tax collector comes back years later on retirees with back taxes owed claims….similar letter types go out to heirs who are daff to machinations and business paperwork of the deceased.

    Know of a few cases where stress was so great the threatening letter receivers took payment programs fearful of the collector……one that put a person into a stinking little apartment to cut their budget.

    Crummy isn’t it…….so never retire and never die.

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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 31 August, 2014, 18:16

      Good thing I left Kali…….
      I’ll get to work on keeping those records forever after I am ‘todt’ 🙂

      Back east in NY, many retirees move to FL for the winter, and establish residency in FL ’cause it hath NO income tax, while keeping their NY home to visit.

      Guess what? NY Dept of Rev GOONS have been documented staking out the homes of these retirees in NY AND in FL, to make sure they are not in NY ONE DAY past the residency limit. If they are seen to be in NY more than 4 months, it is a ‘hellmouth’ opening up for these retirees……

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  2. bob
    bob 30 August, 2014, 19:22

    Dang Uhaul…always be able to afford to pack and ship…

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 August, 2014, 21:08

    Yep……mandatory you save your records in our secure vaults……former bug out bunkers bought pennies on the dollar from scaredee kat doomers bugging out to Redneck Utopia.

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  4. bob
    bob 30 August, 2014, 23:40

    Amerikans wanted Obammiecare and there gonna get it good and hard

    Obamacare: The Final Payment–Raiding the Assets of Low-Income and Poor Americans
    Obamacare herds the poor into Medicaid which requires some enrollees to forfeit homes and other assets they might have to the state to cover the cost of their medical care. The research article below is meticulous and demonstrates that Obamacare was not enacted to serve the people.

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/02/08/obamacare-final-payment-raiding-assets-low-income-poor-americans/
    – See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2014/08/29/100000-lacking-id-could-lose-covered-ca-coverage/#sthash.hKWeh8pO.dpuf

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