Wisconsin budget quietly expands state ability to claim marital property for Medicaid costs

  • Article by: TODD RICHMOND , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 18, 2013 - 11:15 AM

MADISON, Wis. — Provisions buried in the new Wisconsin budget dramatically expanded the state's ability to claim dead couples' joint property, such as Green Bay Packers tickets or the family farm, to recoup Medicaid expenses — even if the assets are protected in trusts.

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tooty123Aug. 18, 13 1:32 PM

Gees, now what are the Republicans going to do with their parents estate if they can't use a trust and put their parents on Medicaid? I know some government hating Republicans in WI who have used this method to get their parents estates.

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johnmplsAug. 18, 13 2:00 PM

Tooty123. Dems aren't all saints and Repubs aren't all evil, in spite of what you hear on MSNBC. If the state pays megabucks to you to support you in old age, then yes, they should be able to collect on your estate. Unlike what you believe tooty, someone eventually has to pay for everything you are "given".

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jbrillAug. 19, 1312:02 PM

Hold on a sec, wouldn't that push the rich "job creators" out of WI? Oh wait, given WI recent job losses, I'd say that ship has already sailed.

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mylittleidAug. 19, 1312:24 PM

Republicans oppose the estate tax, which takes away from what an heir can inherit, but support this new provision of their Medicaid system, which does the same thing. Why? Because the estate tax disproportionately affects the rich, while this new Medicaid provision disproportionately affects the poor.

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redblack30Aug. 20, 13 9:49 AM

How about facing the issue of paying for long-term care for the elderly head on? Should the cost be socialized, if so, to what extent? Instead the system is set up to benefit savvy families and lawyers.

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bgmach3Aug. 20, 13 7:12 PM

And you same people criticize and disgrace folks that have fallen on hard times and have had to ask for help, usually temporary until they get back on their feet. And YOU same people expect we taxpayers to take care of your elderly parents while you shelter, shift then spend their assets on yourselves. Is anyone thinking here? You complain about people that really need help? You complain about people that have fallen victim to the corruption on wallstreet and within our own government. And do really think the rest of us are that ignorant? Go Wisconsin, get every nickel you can. It's all a part of life's process. You work, you gain wealth, you pay for your years of care and extended life, plain and simple.

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clnorthAug. 21, 1312:56 PM

Because the estate tax disproportionately affects the rich, while this new Medicaid provision disproportionately affects the poor." If you are "poor", there would be no estate to collect against. An estate tax takes money regardless. This "tax" will be for services rendered. The free ride has to end at some point. This practice of creating trusts to keep from paying end of life medical bills has been abused for too long.

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schristeAug. 23, 13 9:21 AM

" Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chairman of the finance committee, issued a statement through his spokeswoman saying the recovery provisions will ensure fairness for taxpayers, but lawmakers decided they needed more time to review the new policies after "concerns were raised." What you mean the Republicans didn't read the law before they passed it? As for those of you who complain against the "poor" having a free ride, this will affect the MIDDLE CLASS.

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adliblogAug. 24, 13 3:35 PM

Wonder where the confiscated Packers season tickets end up? What's the market value on something so limited in quantity ? Bet the families of the deceased can't even buy them back at any price. But if they ended up in the hands of Walker's cronies now that would merely be the corruption I'd expect from him.

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