Recently, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) proposed The Stop Unfair Medicaid Recoveries Act in the House. This newly introduced bill, H.R. 6698, would revoke the requirement for states to establish a Medicaid estate recovery program. It would also place a limitation on the instances where a state can put a lien on a Medicaid recipient’s property.
This bill comes after five elder law advocacy groups, including the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Justice in Aging, called on Congress to eliminate Medicaid estate recovery in April 2021. This appeal was based on findings that estate recovery only recoups a small percentage of Medicaid spending but contributes a large amount to generational poverty and wealth inequality.
The authors of the bill are seeking families who have experienced Medicaid estate recovery to share their stories and help inform Congress about this issue. If you have any clients who would be willing to participate, contact [email protected].
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