Administration To Give States Option To Offer Same-Sex Couples Equal Rights For Medicaid Long-Term Care

Looky here: The Obama administration is doing a really good thing. Let's face it, we're not going to see this under a Republican administration since they don't even pretend to care about being humane:

The Obama administration is set on Friday to issue policy guidance to states expanding their ability to offer same-sex couples the same protections afforded to straight couples when they receive long-term care under Medicaid, the Washington Blade has learned exclusively.

Under the new guidance, dated June 10, states have the option to allow healthy partners in a same-sex relationship to keep their homes while their partners are receiving support for long-term care under Medicaid, such as care in a nursing home.

Medicaid kicks in for a beneficiary to receive care after an individual depletes virtually all of their money. To pay for the beneficiary’s expenses under Medicaid, a state could impose a lien, or take possession, of a beneficiary’s home to pay for Medicaid expenses.

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