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December 31, 2013 at 6:37 PM

State files to change Medicaid policy to recover only long-term care costs

Washington’s Health Care Authority, as promised, has filed an emergency rule to amend Medicaid’s estate recovery policy.

Current policy allows Medicaid to recover all medical costs from a client’s estate after death, which caused some consternation among those signing up for health insurance through the state’s expanded Medicaid program. The change means that Medicaid can only recover costs related to long-term care services.

The emergency rule-making order, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014, said the change was made to “eliminate a barrier to applying for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.”

The emergency rule amends WAC 182-527-2742 so that recovery no longer applies to regular medical expenses or a client’s managed-care costs paid by Medicaid.

Comments | Topics: estate recovery, Health Care Authority, Medicaid


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