Good News in New York: ‘Spousal refusal’ kept intact

04.10.2012, 4:10 PM

Reported by Sanford Altman at the Times Herald-Record:

You may recall that, just to add insult to injury, the governor had looked to add a provision in this year’s budget to end the practice of “spousal refusal.” This change would have forced healthy spouses to impoverish themselves so their ill spouses could receive Medicaid for long-term care.

Aside from making it more difficult for seniors to become eligible for Medicaid, ending spousal refusal had the potential to force more seniors into nursing homes and cause an increase in marriages of many years ending in divorce.

Now, as a result of the same joint efforts, eliminating spousal refusal is no longer in the new budget.

Read his whole piece to see the plans the governor had for “legalization of state-authorized ‘grave robbing’ to pay back Medicaid funds, and how that failed too.

See my recent piece at Huffington Post, “Gov. Cuomo Should Not Jettison the ‘Spousal Refusal’ Allowance in State’s Medicaid Program,” and see Altman’s article to learn about the organizations that led the successful effort.


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