UPDATE: Lawmakers move ahead with estate recovery changes

UPDATED Wednesday, September 18, 2013 --- 2:47 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration will be able to move ahead with more aggressive tools to recover assets from the estates of people who were on Medicaid.

The Legislature's budget committee voted 10-6 on Wednesday to allow the administration to implement the estate-recovery provisions that were approved as part of the budget Walker signed into law this summer.

Opponents say the changes will make it more difficult for children to inherit the family farm, business or property and lead to some elderly people getting divorced to shield their assets.

But supporters say the changes are part of an effort to create a more fair system where state taxpayers don't have to foot the bill for someone's long-term care only to have them pass their assets down to others upon their death.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 --- 9:21 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Newly given powers for Gov. Scott Walker's administration to recover assets from the estates of people who were on Medicaid may be getting scaled back.

The Legislature's budget committee was scheduled to discuss Wednesday making changes to the estate-recovery provisions that were approved as a part of the state budget Walker signed into law this summer.

The new provisions were approved to help the state recover Medicaid money spent on nursing home and other long-term care. But elder law attorneys and other critics have said the changes could lead to some elderly people getting divorced or make it more difficult for children to inherit the family farm, business or property.

The estate recovery provisions must be approved by the Legislature's budget committee before they can be implemented.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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