“California is leading the way in Medicaid abuse,” by Jon Coupal, The Orange County Register
“In approving California’s request to permanently dissolve asset verification for Medi-Cal, CMS is setting a dangerous precedent for the rest of the nation. The situation demands scrutiny and a transparent debate. Rather than allowing this policy shift to unfold in the shadows, a public debate should be robust and inclusive. This is a decision that affects not only those in need of healthcare assistance but also every taxpayer who bears the financial burden of such expansion, including future generations.”
LTC Comment, Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform:
There is another dimension to this issue rarely considered. By eliminating asset verification for Medi-Cal eligibility, California invites much wealthier people on to the program. They will consume resources originally intended for disadvantaged, marginalized groups. All the problems we identified with “LTC in Long-Term Care: The Problem” will become worse and hurt the neediest most. Call it structural Medi-Cal racism. Bottom line: we need “Long-Term Care: The Solution” more than ever.
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