Friday, June 10, 2011

Obama Administration moves on Medicare

From the Washington Blade:
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 lein, or take possession, of a beneficiary’s home to pay for Medicaid expenses.

However, federal law prohibits imposing this lein if beneficiaries are married to someone of the opposite-sex who’s still living in their home. The new guidance, signed by Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Cindy Mann, clarifies that states can offer this protection to the healthy partner of a Medicaid recipient in a same-sex relationship.
So if you are lucky enough to live in a friendly state, you may be able to keep your house.

If in an unfriendly state, thanks to DOMA, not so much--regardless of your marital status.

It's a start, though.

1 comment:

Jarred said...

This is good news for some, and a nice gesture on Obama's part.

Also, hopefully this will raise awareness of another tangible way in which marriage inequality hurts real people.