Medicaid recipients: Estate recovery (WSJ)

With the surge in Medicaid expenses, states are becoming aggressive in recouping their costs. Placing claims on estates of deceased Medicaid recipients is playing a growing role. So reports the Wall Street Journal of June 24, 2005, p. A1. The article cites from an AARP study based on data provided by 46 states. Since 1995 total collections have more than tripled to $350 million a year. Oregon has a 19-person estate-recovery unit. California, with the highest population, recovered the most, $54 million. (WSJ is available in the Library)

Medicaid Estate Recovery: A 2004 Survey of State Programs and Practices
(available from AARP)


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