The Hidden Cost of Medicaid Benefits

A recent article by The Atlantic explores the Medicaid assistance program and its implications regarding the estates of decedent beneficiaries. The piece examines one case in particular where a Massachusetts woman was notified of an almost $200,000 lien on a family home after her mother succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease. As it stands, Medicaid is the only welfare program that can function as a loan, with recipients over the age of 55 expected to repay the government for medical expenses or face seizure of property to satisfy the debt.

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