California Senate Moves To Limit Medi-Cal Estate Recovery

The California senate has unanimously advanced a bill (SB 33) to limit the amount of assets that California can recoup from deceased Medi-Cal beneficiaries, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 1993, the federal government began requiring all states to recoup the long-term care costs of Medicaid beneficiaries ages 55 and older after they die. The “estate recovery program” requires states to recoup assets for nursing home care, but it is optional to recover assets for medical services, such as doctor visits and hospital stays.